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492 chadwick's history of 5i!i:i,rA' co., ixi>. 

Shelbv c unity in 184J. and lie was a Uiiiini SMldier cluring the Civil war. Tie 
has devoted mueli uf his life to larniiiig. but at i)resenl he resides in Slulli}- 

Ernest G. Reeee r.htaincd his early edtiealiun in the puhlie schools of John- 
son county, and wound un wiiii a two _\ear^■ course in Franklin Gdlec^e. Me 
also perfected himself in bookkeeping- l>y a private coin--e in a conmiereia! 
school of the same city, and was able t<j -ecure employment in tliac line shortl_\ 
after finishing- his stmlies. He is a Republican in jRilitics. a T.aplist in religion, 
and his fraternal relations are conhned to membership of Chillcn L.odge. Xo. 
129. Knights of Pythias, at Shelbyville. He is an energetic business mrm. 

September 26. 1894, ^^Ir. Reece married Carrie Vaught, a native of iM-ank- 
lin, Indiana, w-liere she grew up and educated. She is a daugliter of Mr. 
and Mrs. .\ndrew- A'nuglit. the former a well knovai farmer of Johnson 



Am> the leading citi/eii:; oi Brandy wine tow-psliip was the late W'il- 
liam Hankins, whose long period of residence in this part of the county gained 
for him wide recognition, and w-hose uprigiit course and w-h.olesome moral in- 
fluence earned for him the confidence and esteem of his fellow men. Mv. Han- 
kins was boni January 14. 182 1. in Franklin county. Indiana being the second 
of three children whose parents. Roljert an-i ^'-.rali (Curry) Hankins. were 
natives of Tennessee and Virginia, respccti'.eh . the fatiier of French, the 
mother of English descent. Wlien the buijject was alx-ut si.K weeks old his 
parents moved to Shelby county and settle,! about one mile north of Shell )y- 
ville in Addison township, removing at the expication of that time to the tow-n- 
shipof Brandywine, wliere \A"illiam spent hi^ early life assisting his father in 
clearing and cultivating the fann. On the ;?7.^t day of November. 1843. he 
married Huldah Salla, who was born in Rudi county. Indiana, Febi-;ary 15. 
1823. being the daughter of Lewis and Julia iCiordon) Salla. natives respec- 
tively of Vermont and \'irginia. 

'immediately after hi^ nvtrriage he cleared and improved tlie farm in sec- 
tion 12. which iias been in po^sessi'.ni of the family ever since, forty-three 
rears having elapsed ^ince the ilrst little cabin home was erected in the -^vllder- 
ness, a building replaced a number of years ago by a fine modern dwelhng. 
which the widow now- occupies, the land in the meantime having l.^een. trans- 
fcn-ned into one of the nvist beautiful and w-ell tilled farms in. the cour.ty. Mr. 
Flankin.- devoted his life to agriculture, ami achieved success -uch a- few at- 

tain. B\ industrv. thrift and jt;.licious mana.gemei 

bors so as to realize ihe maximum of results, and at the lime of Ids death he 

• CtlADWICK S UIS'iOKV OF SHEl.liV CO., IXU. 49^^ 

was tlie possessor of a ci^nifortal'le fMitunc iiKkulir.i;- in adiliiicii tu the fiiie 
farm of two hundred and t\venty-t\\ (^ acres alhidcd t<i. other valnalile proju-rtv. 
both real and personal. 

The family of \\'illiani and Ihildah Tlar.kins consisted uf vh^ht children 
\\h'.)sc names and date- nf hirth are as fdllrnvs: One child, a twin, died in in- 
fancy; Sarali, .Marcli 4. 1S4;; Lewis C. married Xar.ey Wright, fcur chil- 
dren, October 13. 185 I ; Alice married .\ndrew Treese, two children. Auujust 
24. 1854, died Septcmlier 7. 1S77; jnlia Ann. An-ust j8. 1S56. died Aug-ust 
8. 18S5; Dollic married David Wright, two children, ar.d Moilie. twins, Oc- 
tober 22, 1S60. the former d_\ing July 3. 18S4. the latter on January 31. 1861. 
Katie, the youngx-st of the number, was born August 26. 18113. married Wil- 
liam Walser. and they are the parents of three children. .Alarieita Hankins 
marrietl Samuel D. Thomas, three children. 

Politically Mr. Hankins was an ardent Republican, and fraternally, a zeal- 
ons memljer of tlie Masonic Order. In early life he united with the Methodist 
Episco])al church and continricd faithful to the teachings (jf tlie same until 
transferre<l from the church militant to the ch.urch ti'ium[)hant : .Mrs. Hankins 
being a faithful and consistent member of the same religious body. The death 
of excellent man occurred in December. 1898, since which time his widow- 
has lived on the family homestead and with the assistance of certain of her 
children looked after its management. She is a lady of reputable character 
and high moral worth, greatly esteemed by a large circle of friends, and her 
life has been fraught with much good to all of her associates. 


Shelliyville acquire.! a valuable citizen wlien Charles T.irely decided to 
lijcatc here and enter activelv into the manufacture of tables. A skilled me- 
chanic, a good business man, possessed of capital and a marked talent for or- 
ganization, he soon made himself felt in the industrial life of the city, and his 
influence lias grown with the success of the plain over which he pre- 
sides. Mr. Birelv \\'as borti in Washington county, ^Maryland. September 17. 
1S34, his parents being Ezra B. and Margarette (Thompson) Birelv. The 
father was of Pennsylvania Dutch extraction and the mother of Dutch-Irish 
blood. Their children were George. \\'illiam and Charles. Ezra Birely was a 
blacksmith by trade and his mechau.ical genius was inbierited by his son. After 
obtaining what benetlt he could from the old-fashioned suliscription schools 
prevailing in his community, Charles followed his natural inclination to be- 
come proficient in the mechanical arts, and preferring wood to iron, he became 
a skilled cabinet-maker, as the result of an apprenticeship of three years at 


Sbarpslnirg-. now better known a^ .\niielam. in connection witli the meniorahle 
battle toug^lit there in September. 1862. Being quicl< to learn and appreciative; 
yoiuig Birely obtained lasting benclit liy liis ex])cncnce in the shop of tiie 
famous Marylan.d tuwn. When ((uiie a vdinig man he came tii Liberty. In- 
diana, and engaged with the Rnde r.r<ilhers in the drill wmk. remaining there 
about a year ami then removing t" rMiiners\ihe. where he t«H,k a position in 
the furniture factory. He worked ,il this jilace for ten years, during wliich 
time he .made and sa\eJ money, which c;une quite handy a litlle kiter on. iJc- 
ciding to locate at Shelby ville as a ia\orite ]>iint for his work, he built a fac- 
tcrv on Blue river, which later was removed to its present location. The hrm 
name is the Daris. Birelv Table Company. r,i;e of the largest of the kind in 
the world, and Mr. Birely is .aie-thir.l owner, lie is also the active manager. 
having charge of four hundred nier.. who are we!! paid, well treated and the 
best of American workingmen. 

]Mr. Birely himself is a genial, hard-working man. aiul always a.t liis i.iost 
of dm v. In e\ery sense of the word lie is a model citizen. t!ie kind that helps 
make llie prosperity of ciiies as well as states and riations. 

September 14. 1S91. ]^lr. Birely was married to one of Shelliyville's most 
accomplished daughters in the persr.n of Frances Senour. daughter of George 
and l-"ranccs Senour. long prominerit in the S'jcial circles of Sheibyville. Mrs. 
Birely went through the city schoo^ls and ha^ greatly aiMed to her education, 
and mental p dislt by studies in art and painting, to whicli she has devoted 
mttch time. To Mr. and :Mrs. Birely three unusuallv bright children have been 
born, of whom only two are now living. George, who was born March 2. 
1893. is in attendance at the Howe Military School at Lima. Indiana. Mar- 
garette. who was born January 20. 1894. is a ptipil of Tudor Hall, at Indian- 


This well known business man and representative citizen is a native of 
Rush county. Indiana, where his birth occurred on April iSth of the year 
1862. His parents. J.jhn \\'. and Caroline ( Hamilton 1 AlMtian. were h-orn in 
Pennsylvania and Indiana, respectively, .h^hn Vv". liad five brothers in the 
Union army during the Civil war. and the necessity of his remaining at home 
to take care of the family is ai.parent. Mrs. Alsman had two brothers among 
ten children : Louisa, who married William Leisure; Lizzie, wife of Thomas L. 
Langston: Mollie. now Mrs. George Cline: Oliver D.. of this review: Wil- 
liam H., who married Ella Spencer: John, deceased : James G.. whose wife was 
formerly Ella Hinton; Charles, deceased: Thomas O.. who married Miss Nel- 
lie Williams, and Samuel, who married Mar\ Foley. Tb.e maiden name of 


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.■r.laL;e, aivl had two hr.>thers and tliree si-iers. 
liject's L^randlather. was a N'irginian ami an early 
:diana. wh.ere. in the year iSj;J. he eriered th.e i|ua.r- 
',vne<l 1'y iiis son. John W. His ancestors came to _ 
y niaiiv \ ears ago. and settled in \"irg-inia. removing 
tlience to rennsvlvania. where they hecame well-to-do tillers of the soil, several 
of the familv having :dsr. engaged in educational work. The Alsmans have 
ever been a sturdy, hidustrious people. lion.,ral)le in their dealiiigs witli their 
fellow men. and wherever the name is known it stands for sterling worth and 
a high order of citizenship. 

^Oliver D. Alsman spent his early life on the home larm m Uu^li comity 
and grew to maturitv impressed with the idea that a man sliould earn his live- 
lihood bv bonorable 'endeavor. After finishing the common school course, he 
attended for one vear the Rush Xormal and suhsciueniiy spent tw*_^ 
terms in th.e Central Normal College at Danville, where he c..mpleted the stpe- 
cial teacliers- cour.e. V^ith the excepti.:.n of supplying for various parties from 
time to time, he has discontinued teaching for employment more to his likmg. 
and, much more remunerative. . ^ 

In Julv of the vear indicated. Mr. Alsman accepted a position with 
HcKlell Furniture cJmpanv. of Shelhyville. where he remained three ana one- 
half years, at the exniration of which time he entered the employment ot the 
Kent'& '^en-.ur Flouring ^lills Cmpany. with which he contintted tor a period 
of seven and a half vcars, when he severed his connection with the firm to en- 
gage in the real estate and insurance and Fian business, to which he has since 
devc-ited his attention. _ , , -i 

Since engagin- in his present undertaking Mr, Alsman has b'^nlt "p_ a 
lar-e and lucrative patronage, doing an extensive real estate business in Slie.oy 
and other counties, and meeting with gratifying success m tne way ot \o^^. 
and rentals, insurance and general brokerage. He has a well-equipped ott.ce 
in the Knights of Fvthias building, where he meet^ many ot his patron^, ..e- 
side« carrxdng on an extensive correspondence, his interests m many parts oi 
Indiana and other states growing ^r, steadily in magnitude and importance a^ 
to require his constant attention. - -„ , , 

Mr \lsman-s domestic historv began on March i5. 1SS7. when he wa. 
united in marriage with Joanna Butler, of Rudiviile. Indiana, daugnter ^.t An- 
drew and Lizzie ( Xewbould) Butler, for many years well known and est - 
mable residents of that citv. Mr. Butler died some years ago. since which tne widow has made her home with her five children, all ot wnom are dau.g^i- 
ters. and highlv esteemed in their respective places ot residence. Mr. ami M ._ 
Alsman have no children of their own. but take a lively '"teres ui to. 
their relatives and friends, being fond of young people and uehghting m tneir 

496 chaowick's history of shelby co., ixd. 

society. In liis political views Mr. .Msmaii is a Republican, and as such wields 
a potent influence for his party in Shelb_\- county, tin mgh not a partisan nor an 
aspirant tor oliicial hon.irs. He holds membership with Lodge Xo. 129, 
Knights of Pythias, and Lodge Xo. 457. Lcuevulcnt and Protective Order of 
Elks, and with his wife is a niembcr and regidar attendant of the I'drst Alelho- 
dist l•:pi^;c. I' chuich of Siielbs villc. 

Mr. Airman is a gentleman of jileasing jiresencc. easily apinijucliable, 
and stands high in the tsieem and oinhilence ..rf the people of the city. By 
persistent effort and fair dealing he has won a place ani'ing the enterpi'ising 
business men of Shclliy cuunty. and is worthily entitled to the success which 
has resulted from his steady applicatiijn and honoraljle methods. The Alsman 
home is at 26 St. Idarv"s street. 


Rush county, Lidiana, has sent a large number of her best citizens to 
Shelby cuunty. and being for the most part men of courage and persistency, 
th.ey ha\c -ucccedod admirably well in iheir adopted count}-. Among the 
number shculd be men.tioned Andre\\- ^ileltzer. who was b^'irn in Ru=h county, 
October 19. 1S56. the son of J.ihn Frederick and Salma (luchs) Meltzer. J. 
F. Mcltzer was born in famous old Heidelberg, Germany. February 13, iSiO. 
and he came to the L'nited States in 1S35. landing in Xew Orleans, later com- 
ing to Cincinnati, thence to Shelby county. His death occurred A[)ril 2. 1SS7. 
Salma Fuchs was born in Lauger Kandel. Germany. August 9. 1826, and died 
January 16. 1894. His brother, Henry, accumpanied him tn America, but he 
stopped in Cineimiati. After remaining in that city awhile the father of the 
subject went t^ Dearbnrn county. Indiana, where he spent two years, after- 
wards coming t<.> Rush county, wdiere he remained for some time. When his 
son, Andrew, was aljout six months old. he came to Shelby county, Locating 
in Libertv township, where he bought land, mostly unimproved. Tliis he 
cleared an.d mad.e extensi\e impro\ement- nn. He was a carpenter by trade 
and he worked at this in his early days, luit later in life took up contracting, 
sometimes on a large scale. This he carried on in cotmection with farming. 
He was successful in both and was considered one of the leading builders in this 
locality at that time. He held some of the minor offices of the township where 
he resided, being an active Democrat. He was a member of the German church 
in Union township. He was a man who kept abreast of the times, having re- 
ceived a good education in Germany, and long before his death he came to 
be known as one of Shelby county's leading citizens. His wife, Salma Fuchs, 
was also born in Germany, havingaccompanied her parents to America when 


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she \va> al>out hftecn years oM : licr people scttlctl in Union t.'wnship. Siielby 
ci.Hinty. Mr. and Mrs. John V. Melizer were marriea in Shelby county, and 
thirteen children were born to them, ten l>ns and three t^nrl-^. ei-ht '^t whom 
are living- at this writing, namely: John Henry, of Lii>eriy t .wnship: hred- 
erick lives in Madison county; T'hilip Teter live> in Liberty fwudiip : Andrew, 
of this review; David lives at the village of ^leltzer; ih'.tiie married jMhn 
Landworlan; Adeline married a Mr. L-uden and they live in Liberty t^'wnship. 
Andrew Meltzer was educated in the common schools of Siieiljy county. 
Although he attended school but a short time, he secured a fairly good educa- 
tion. He was married February 2. 1SS2. to Margaret Hawkins who was 
b.-rn Deceinl>er 5. 1839. She was the daughter .>f John M. Hawkins and 
wife, and Union township is the place of her naiivity. Her parents were early 
pioneers of Shelbv count v. Her death occurred September iS. i<,oS. To 
this union one son. J. W.'P.. was hovn October 2Q. 1882. He married Crace 
Brown and thev live at Ray's Crossing. 

:Mr. :\Ieltzer has devoted practically all hi-^ life to, farming, but he is also 
a tine mechanic, having decided natural talent in line, being a ])roficient 
blacksmith, carpenter, electrician, etc. He dejjends principally on farming 
for a livelihood and he succeeds admirably well at this. He was in the black- 
smith and machine shop business at the little town of Meltzer for a period of 
ten years. He has a well kept and very productive farm in section 21. L nion 
township. Shelby county. He carries on general farming ..n a small scale, 
renting most of his land. 

Mr. Meltzer is a charter member of the CycLue and ILiiLiorm Insurance 
Association, of Sb.elbv countv. The subjeci and inis son,. J. \\ . L. Meltzer, 
are the directors of the J. W. P. :Meltzer. Dudd & Struthers Lightning Rod 
Companv. of Rush an<l Shelby counties. Tibs company is doing a very ex- 
tensive business because it seems to understand the correct way ol prntecting 
a house from lightning. The redemptio.n of the lightning rod business irom 
the cut-threat gangs has been a big problem, but through the educational m- 
fluence of demonsh-ations by this and other legitimate companies and the 
unanimous support of the mutual insurance companies of ihe United States. 
it seems to have been permanentlv redeemed. Liformation collected by the 
president of the National Mutual Insurance Association sh.nvs that one hun- 
dred and eleven companies reported that fully three-fourths ot all their losses 
are caused bv lightning. These losses are paid ir.r buildings not rodded ancl 
for cattle near wire fences without ground wires. The rod made by the Dodd 
& Struthers Cr.mpanv is said to be the best in the world, having gameil tlie 
highest award at the St. Louis World's Fair, and they have one hun<lred 
thousand patrons in the L'nited States alone. 

In politics Mr. Meltzer is a Democrat, but he does not take a very active 
part in his partv's affairs, remaining at home looking after bis business, rather 


than seeking' pul)lic uffice. He is a member of tlie (ierman church in I'ni 


The h<M:oralile re]mtation aciiieveJ by the Oreliaugii Brutliers as artists, 
has given them ncit only a state but ahiinst national reputation, and the people 
of Shelbvville regard with pride the gallery at Xo. 67 South Harrison street, 
where the highest grade of work in photography is done by the latest appro\-ed 
processes known to the science. James F. Orehaugh. lather of the ])reient 
proprietors, was born near Camden, Ohio, on the i6ih day of Jane. 1S48. 
He is a manv-sidcd man. who can turn his hand to almost any kind of work 
requiring more than ordinary skill, in fine, a genius of high order, whose 
achievements in various fields of endeavor have gained frir him much niDre 
than local repute and made his name widely known among the successful arti- 
sans and artists of his own and other states. He lived for some years in Ohio, 
where he fcjllowed farming, teaching and various mechanical pursuits, thence 
removed to Kentuckv, where in addition to the above vocations he turned his 
attention to photography and invention, in both of which he was quite suc- 
cessful, the gasoline turbine motor which is tlie product of liis genius givmg 
him a high standing in the industrial world. 

Changing his residence to Shelljyville in 1890, Mr. Orehaugh established 
a gallery for the production of high class commercial photography, later en- 
larging "his establishment on Jackson street so as to include all kinds of pho- 
tographic work and building up a large and lucrative business, which within 
a few \ears enabled him to retire with a comfonable fortune. He continued 
at the original location until 1906. wb.en he moved to his present commodious 
quarters on South Harrison street, and in 1906 turned the establishment over 
to his sons, since which time he has been enjoying the fruits of his industry and 
skill, though still keeping in close touch with the profession and giving his 
successors the l.)enefit of his experience. 

Mrs. Tames F. Orcbaugh, whose maiden name was Sarah Gardner, is a 
native of Butler cunty. Ohio, but when quite young was taken to Preble 
county, that state, where she grew to womanhood and married. Her parents 
were John and Sarah C. Gardner, the father a skilled mechanic and for many 
years engaged in the undertaking business. Mrs. Orehaugh, who is one of a 
family of seven children, of whom diree sons and three daughters are living. 
is herself the mother of eight children, five of whom, .survive. 

Oscar W., the oldest child of James F. and Sarah Orehaugh. was born 
Tune I. 1874. near Camden. Ohio, received a practical education in the schools 
of his native place and Ixentucky. and after aiming to Shelbyville pursued his 

CUADWICK's history of SllEl.BV CO., IXD. 499 

studies for three years under PnifesNa- Harrison. ot ilu- most scl^larly 
and accomplished educator^ in ilie state. Jn the meantime lie t.iok u\> the 
studv of photograiiliv. under tlie direction of his father, and it was mH Imio; 
until his advancement and superior skill enahled him to d'l all knuls ot wwrk 
within the pmvince of the science, thougii since hedmini;- a i)artner in ihc 
business he has given attention principally to the operating and developnig de- 
partments. Before succeeding his father he oi^erated a gallery m l-'rankl. irt. 
Indiana, for two years, where he achieved an enviable reputation as artist and 
successful business man. but at the expiration of that time disposed of his es- 
tablishment and in 1906 took a half interest in the business at Shelby ville. 
where he and his brother are now at the head of one of the largest and best 
equipped galleries in the state. 

]\lr. Orebaugh on 3,Iarch Ji. 1907. contracted a matrimonial alliance with 
^bary Wright, daughter of George M. and Elizabeth ( Sorden) Wright, the 
father a lawver of^ShelbvviUe and largely interested in the real estate busi- 
ness. Elizabeth J., the only child of the subject an.l wife, was born January 
12, 1909. Mr. drebaugh is not only a skillful artist and enterprisnig bn^nless 
man. but also manifests a livelv interest in Ids cuy. 

Charles Alpha Orelmugh. second son of James I^ and Sarah Orebaugh. 
was born T"!v 27. 1875. and enjoyed excellent educational advantages during 
his childhood and youth. While still young he manifested a decided predilec- 
tion for a husiness'life. and on attaining his majority became a traveling sales- 
man, to which calling he has* since devoted his attention. For three years he 
represented the Pels Xaptha Company on the road, and at the expiration of 
that time engaged with Proctor & Gamble, for which firm he is now traveling, 
his territory being the state of New York, tliroughout wdiich he has built up 
an extensive and lucrative trade. Ik- is an accon>pli^hed business man. an 
expert salesman. an<l since enterir.g the employ of the above house has earned 
a reputation for etiiciency on the road such as lew ot their representatives 

have attaineil. , ■, , -n, 1 r 

Mr Orebau"h i^ a married man and the lather of . .ne child, Dorothy j., 

whose birth occ^u-red in Cincinnati. Ohio, where Mr. and Mrs. Orebaugh make 

their home. :^Irs. Orebaugh was formerly Ella Creut.mger, ot that city: she 

was married to Mr. Orebaugh in 1906. 

William J. Orebaugh. the third of the Orelmugh brothers, and owner ot a 

half interest- in the phraographic studio in Shelbyville, was born September 
m 1.S7S received his educational training in the ptiblic schools, and early 
in hfe entered his father's gallery, where in due time he l)ecame pr<_.ticient m 
everv detail of the business, and he now stands in the front rank of lu> pr..- 
fession. his reputation as a finisher being second to that of no other photo- 
grapher iu the state, as the high grade of his work abundantly attests. 
" Mr Orebaugh on September 14. 1905- entered the marriage relation with 


Josic Wicker, a grailuate of the Central In-liana Xcuinal Scli^ol. at Danville: 
she is al>ii a hiiili scImoI aUimnae and a teacher ot' rare ability and jininiise. 
After a brief but happy wedded experience of nearly three years' diiratiMU. 
the uniiin was terminated September J^, 1908. by the death nf the devdied 
\\ife and hei- infant child, which passed with her int'i the "great be_\-ontl." 

.Anna M. Orebaugh. tlie ydungcst of James F. Orebaugh's children, anil 
only daughter, was Ixirn August 30. i8Sm. l.ike her brothers, she. too. early 
dex'eloped a taste fi.>r bonks and study, and after passing rapidly through the 
grades, entered the high school while still ymmg. and in due time was grailu- 
ated with a creditable record. Later she tittcd herself for teacliing by taking 
a course in the State Xorma! School at Terre Haute, following which she 
accepted a position in the city schools of Shelbyville. wh.ere she has since ren- 
dered very eflicien.t and >atisfacTory service. She is m >t nnly a very jipificient 
and ])iipular teacher, bin has alsn fjtiite a ;eputation as a musician, b' >ih vocal 
and instrumental, being among the skillful piani?ts of the city, and for some- 
time past organist of the First Alethodist Episcopal church, and a memlier of 
the choir, in addition to which she is one of the influential and successful 
workers and teachers of the Sunday scIim..!. 

On(^ X.. the vnungest son of the Oreliaugh family, was br>rn on Septem- 
ber 23d. of the vear 18S0. and has spent the greater part of his life in Shelby- 
ville. .\ftcr passing through the grades and finishing the high school course, 
he took t;p the studv of photography in which he made coiiimendal)le progress. 
but later discontinued the art to become a traveling salesman. After repre- 
senting the interests of the Fels Xaptha Ci.nTi>any for tliree years and meeting 
with gratifving success as a commercial tijurist. he severed his connection ^vith 
the firm and entered the Xewcastle Aut.-. Factory, where for some time he 
held an important position and acquired a practical knowledge of the business. 
Mr.' Orebaugh possesses superior ability as an arti-an and can turn his hand 
to almost any kind of mechanism, being at this time employed as an expert 
workman in a furniture factory of Shell lyville. 

Oscar W. Oreliaugh lives at Xo. U' TaNli-r street, his and unmar- 
ried sons and tlaughters have their Imme on West Hendricks street. The 
father and sons vole the Republican ticket, and take an in.terest in political and 
public affairs, and the entire family attend the JMrst Methodist Episcopal 
' church of Shelby\ ille. 

The i)hotographic studio of which 0<car \V. and William J. Orebaugh are 
the pn.prietors and efjual owners, is one of the largest and best equipped es- 
tablisliments of the kind in Indiana. The room for daylight printing is among 
the largest in the state, and the establishment thruugb.out is steam heated and 
supplied with all up-to-date api)liance.-. and conveniences known t. . the profes- 
sion. While prepared to do all kinds of art work in their line, the Orel>augh 
Brothers c>i recent vears have made a si;ecialty of commercial i)hotograi.h_\ , m 


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whicli they excel, and in whicli ihey have huiU up a lar^e IniMne-s, doing all 
the work of the kind for the eleven furniture faetorie> of Shelhyville, and uoi 
infrequcntlv for other t'lrnis, licsides an extensive patronage in individual and 
group work, finished in the latest appr(rved siyles. 


The subject of this sketch is a native of Imliana, and for a number of years 
has been a leading member of the Shelbyville bar. besides being interested in 
various local enterprises of a public character. His father. Jaines Harrison, 
was born in P.ourl.on county, Kentucky, but grew t.T maturity at Connersville. 
Indiana, where his jiarents died when lie was about five year> of age. In i84_' 
he came to Shelby c<junty. and after teaching sch<->ol for several years read law 
with ]udge Peasley, and was admitted to the bar with Hon. Tliomas A. Hen- 
dricks, the two having been contemporaries in the practice as long as they lived. 
Martha King, who became the v-ife of James Harrison, was a native of Frank- 
lin county. Indiana, lier iiT.nher was a Morris, of Butler county. Ohio, and was 
a cousin of the late Martin M. Ray. for many years a leading lawyer and 
prominent citizen of Shelbyville. also related to Governor James B. Ray. Mrs. 
Harrison is still living at the age of seventy-six years, l)eing cared f(.)r by her 
immarried daughter, Xellie E. Harrison, wlio. w ith Robert W'.. i;f this review, 
constitutes the surviving members of the Harrison family in the city of 

Rolien W. Harriso.n was born August 30. 1860. in Shellyyville. and re- 
ceived his education in the city schools, graduating from the high school in 
1879. During the two vears ensuing he taught in the district schools, and at 
the expiration of that time entered his father's office, where he prosecuted liis 
legal studies until his admission to the bar. following which b.e practiced v,ilh 
his father until the latter's death. He was also associated with Mr. Blan- for 
a period of three years and then was associated v.ith D. L. Wilsnu from Jan- 
uarv. 1901. to 1908, but he is now by himself. 

Mr. Harrison early became interested in the public and political matters 
of the country, and while still a young man was regarded as one uf the influ- 
ential Democrats of Siielby county, ar.d he was hr.nored by being chosen to 
the State Senate, in which body he served with signal ability during the ses- 
sions of 1 90 1 and 1903. Six years previous to his election to the Senate, 
he served in the lower house of the State Legislature. Previous to his leg- 
islative experience he served three years in the City Cour.cil. wlicre he was 
instrumental in promoting the intere>ts of the municipality by bruignig about 
the passage of a numljcr uf important measures. In adtlition t>.) his large and 





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enterpfisfs iiieludiiig the Shelb_\ lUiililiiig- 
ville. of which he is a dii-ector and leg-al ad 
with the lUiildiiig and Lj.ian A'^snciatioiis for 
the leading spirits in organizing the C 
Company in 1891, and is still a inemher 
was at one time president. 

Sufficient has hcen said to indicate ^Ir. Ilarrisi m's high standing as a 
lawyer, and it cmly remains to state that this practice, which takes a wide range 
and includes all phases of legal business, is large and lucrative, and constantly 
growing in magnitude and importance. In addition to the general duties of his 
profession he is largely interested in the abstract ami loan business, his set of 
abstract books being the most complete in the ounty, and for a period of 
twent}"-five years his patronage in this line has been much greater than that of 
any of his competitors. In the matter of loans he has also been remarkal)ly 
successful, d':iing an extensi\'e business in his own and other counties. aiKJ 
continually adding to the number of his clients. 

lie manifests a lively interest in secret fraternal work, and to him as much 
as to any other is due the credit of instituting Chill' ni I.odge. Xo. IJ9, 
Knights of PVthias, of which he is a charter member, atid the organization of 
the Chillon Castle Hall Association, which had for its object the erection of 
the splendid building in which the society holds its sessions. He has filled the 
chairs in the lodge and at this time holds the title of past chancellor com- 
mander, and for a period of seven years he has been a trustee of the organiza- 
tion and one of its acti\'e and inlhiential workers. 

On A])ril 4, iSSg, he was married to Susie Favorite, daughter of 
Stephen D. and Caroline (Saunders) Favorite, both parents natives of Ohio. 
Mrs. Harison is the fifth of a family of seven children: she was educated in 
the schools of Shelbyville, and for several years prior to her marriage held an 
important position in the S. B. Aforris store of this city, in addition to which 
she also taught in the puljlic schools and earned a creditable reputation in that 
line of effort. 

Two children have been horn to this union, Irwin F., the only son living 
and heir of Mr. and IMrs. Harrison, was liorn .\pril 26, 1890. After being 
graduated from the city high school he entered the State University at Bloom- 
ingte^n where he is now ( 1909) prosecuting his studies with the object in view 
of fitting himself for the legal professi.m. He is a young man of fine mind, 
stands high in his classes and will doulitless honor the station in life for 
which he is preparing himself. Before taking up his university course he 
sened one vear as repr.rter on the Democrat, and demonstrated ability, not 
only in the gathering ui news, but in the more solid work of preparing interest- 
ing articles for the reaihng public. Lawrence James, born I-'ehruary 10, 1S92, 

ciiadwick's history of siiiii.r.v co., ixn. 5"3 

did in hi^ sixtoemh year. January 2;,, 190S. Mc was a britrlu li-y, a mcnilicr 
of the high * class of 1909. 


The family of this name were Inn- settled in Dearliom c.ninty. Indiana, 
and the (.ccupa'tions of the men were principally aoricultural. Juhn Dils, Ij^rn 
in DearhMrn conntv, Indiana. March 3. 1S45. and died April i. 1909. ^^as 
a farmer in Dearborn county who married Louisa House, hy wh^m he had six 
sons, including William, ChTford, Fletcher. John and Floyd. Hugh H. Dils. 
the eldest of the familv. was born on his father's farm in i:)earhorn ounty, 
Indiana. December 15. '1869. Besides the usual routin.e in tb.c district .seh.-l<. 
he took a full course in a business college at Cincir.nati. and with this equip- 
ment faced the wr^rld with a view to getting his share of the iirnspcrity. His 
f^rst venture was as agent for the Adams Express Company m Cirxmnati. a 
position which he retained for six nv-nths. and then established himself in the 
grain business at Aurora. Indiana. He remaincl at that point for fourteen 
vears. during which time he prospered and saved m-ney. In 1906 he disposed 
of his holdings to" advantage and removed^ to She!l>yville. which has since been 
the scene of his activities. ^ He opened a hay. grain, feed, and coal emporium, 
wdiich has been doing a nishing business, both retail and wholesale, l^cal ami 
foreign. His warehouse covers a space of one hundred and thirty leet m 
length by seventv-five feet in width, containing bins for the assortment of all 
kinds of' grains. ' He makes a specialty of cbwer seed and handles vast quan- 
tities of that indispensable farm article. Baled hay and straw are also im- 
portant features, and the Dils establi-^hment at 19 West Hendricks street is 
always a busv place. He is also an extensive track buyer on the Pennsyl- 
vania, Cincimiati. Hamilton & Daytnn and Big Fr.ur railroads. In fact. 
Mr Dils is what is known to the trade as a '-hustler." and well 
understands hou' t.. work tip as well a, transact business to the 
best advantage. A good buxer as well as a good seller, prompt in 
shioments and careful of all details, the success of this enterprising dealer 
is not difficult to account for. Besides all this he is of affable disposition, ot 
pleasiiur address, easv to approach and altogether a holder of friends. A good, 
all-around citizen, he does his 'full share in keeping up the procession that 
moves towards the advancement of the city he has adopted as his home. 

Tune 8, 1885. Mr. Dils married .Mary C. daughter of William H. and 
Sarah Curtis. of^Dcarl>orn county. Seven children have been born to ihem. 
Elmer FI., Curtis, Ruth. Marie (deceased). Eugene. Frances and Marjonc. 
Mr. Dils is a charter member of the ^b.dern W.)odmen of America. No. 7365. 

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The efllcieiit Assessor of Sh.elln CMuntv. Tildcn MeChiin, is the I'ourth of 
a family ..f mx ehil.heii \\hnse parents, l-'leteher and .Mary K. (Means) Mc- 
Clain, were of Irish and German descent. ri.-si)eetively, the father liMm Xn- 
vemlier 13. 1847. i" Hamilton ceiuniy, Ohio, and the mother in Shelli\ coiint\ . 
Indiana, in the year 1848. Of the subject's lirothers and sisters all hut one 
are li\ing. their names being as fullnws : Jac'ib W".. of }^Iariiin C'umty. In- 
diana: Alexatnler. wlm lives in Shelby county; r'rtcilla. v, hi»e in 'me i^ in 
Ohio, and Mrs. Mary E. Crent. uf Slielln- oanity. The father of these chil- 
dren resides iit Shelby cmitty. the mother having died uu the 9th day of Oc- 
tober. 1883. . 

The subject's ]>aternal grandparents. George and (Pulnish) 

■ McClaiii, wh" were L'\ice married, iiad two children, a son and a daugliter. 
Fletcher and Angeline. Their second inarriage. wdiich tnok ))lace undei" very 
peculiar circumstances, forms an interesting \rdn of the family history, and is 
worthy of record in this connection. Some \ears after their marriage, !Mr. 
and Mrs. McClain juined a community of Shaker? in Obi", a peculiar religious 
sect w hich disci-iunlenances the marriage tie a? sinful, and enjoins all its mem- 
bers to lives of celibacy and chastity. After an experience of some years with 
these people, and becoming convinced their manner of living was unnat- 
ural and contrary to the dictates of reason and common sense, Mr. McClain 
so represented the matter td the wife fn im wli'^ni he had been separated, and 
begged her to re-marry him arid quit the ci immunity, \\bicb she declin.ed to do. 
Upon her refusal to accede tr. bis wishes, he severed his connecti'T. with the 
societ}- and in (hie time married aiiijilier wife wh'jse death shurily thereafter 
again left him a widower. Having faith in the scriptural adage that "It is 
not good for man to live alone." he sub-sec|uently took to himself a third com- 
panion, after wdiose death he repeated the experience until becoming succes- 
si\ely the husband oi two more w i\es. or five in all. f(_nir (if wbdin be siirvi\-ed, 
to find himself again a man. Sometime after the death cf the fourth 
wife, this much-married individual again presented himself to his original 
spouse, wdio, up to the time of the visit bad remained true to the teachings 
of the Shakers, and stood liigh in the esteem of the leaders of the community. 
Being did like her er^tv•,hi!e husband, and no ddubt yearnir.g for bis compan- 
ionship, she was finally persuaded to abandon the .-dciety an<] jdin her lot with 
his for the remainder of her davs, their second marriage fidlowing in due time. 


Tliis record of live \\i\'cs and six niarririLjos c:iu>cd wide cumnieiU. and the cir- 
cunislance is perhajis w ith. >ut a parallel in the L'niied Slates, rirandinnther 
.McClaiii. who lived to the ripe ..hi a-e of eiohty-thi-ee, was called to her linal 
rest on the 13th day of l^ccemlier. 1007. 

Tilden McClahi \\a^ li.,ni in Shell.y euiinty. Indiana, Xr.vemhcr 14. 1876, 
and received his early edncation in the common schools, this training being 
afterwards supplemented hy a course in the Central Xormal College at Dan- 
ville, where he made substantial jirogress in the higher branches of learning. 
He was reared on a farm and followed agricultural pursuits until liis twenty- 
fifth year, when he became clerk in a general st.ire at London, Indiana. .\ po- 
sition he tilled for a period of five years, during which time he ac(|uired a 
knowledge of tiie mercantile business and achie\ed success as a salesman. 

In 1005, Mr. McClain was elected on the Democratic ticket Assessor of 
.Moral towr.ship. and so al>lv and faithfully di^l he attend to the dutie^ of 
oltice that at the expiration of two years be was elected to the higher and 
more responsible position of County .\s>e>-or. in which he is ui:iw serving tiie 
second vear of the term of four years, which ex])ires January i.k^ii. 'Siv. 
McCiain possesses well balanced judgment, and bis familiarity with the rela- 
tive \,dues of property, bs^tb real and perscinal. peculiarly tits him for the oince 
which be holds. He is a member of .Moral Lodge, \.... ^J.f.. Knights of I'yth- 
ias, at Lorulon, and als., belongs to the Improved Order of Red Men. which 
meets at the same place, being a leading worker in Loiige Xij. JJ7. Ijesides 
holding impiirtant offices in the same from time to time. 

On the 26tb dav of February. 1899. Mr. Mcldain was uifited in marriage 
with Maud Cayton, one of nine children of 13urrell and Frances Cayt(jr,. of 
Shelby c.unty. a young lady ^.n man> otimable trait>. whose friends are as the 
number of her acquaintances. Mr. and Mrs. .McClaiu have two sons. Harry 
Elmo, born December 25. 1899, and Robert Paul, who was born September 
15, 1907. both bright and interesting children, in wliom are centered many 
fond hopes for the future. 

Originally Mr. .McClain was a Lajitist in liis religior.s belief, lint some 
years ago united with th.e Metliodist Fpiscopal church at London, of wbicl; 
himself and wife are now members. 


The Markland family has an interesting pioneer bi.-tL.ry. its eaidy rc|)re- 
sentatives being fine ty]>es of the men and women who helped to subdue the 
wilderness of eastern Indiana. Elijah Markland, who was born in Peimsyl- 
vania. came in bovliood with bis ijarents. who settled in Bartln^lomew county. 

5o6 chahwick's uk-ti'ky of siiiclhv cu., ind. 

He Ijccanie a man of srune local pniniincnce after he £;Te\v up. am! took an act- 
ive part in pLiIitics. nervine;- as Deputy Slieritt. He maried l'erci> Stark. ;il-') a 
member of a well kn.'wn pioneer family. Her father. Caleb Stark, a native 
of Kentucky, married Annie Boiuie, a second emisin of ihe celebrated Daniel 
Buone, of Indian liyh.iing fame. Tiie_\ settled in Decatur county, near Adams. 
when tliat section was still a primeval wild.crness. At the start he entered 
eighty acres of land which was increased until his hoK!inL;s were sul'ticient l.i 
give eighty acres to each of his ele\-en children. Caleb achiexed fame b\' be- 
coming one of the characters in Edward Eggleston's stury. "The Hnusier 
School Master," where he is described as having been robbed, the thieves carry- 
ing off the moriey in the hems of iheir garments. This occurrence took place 
in Decatur county, which was the scene of many of the incidents described in 
the narrati\e. Elijah and Percis ( Stark) }ilarkland were the parents of seven 
children; George A\'., \\hri married Lizzie Rickets, is a contractor in business 
at Fairland : Tal>itha. now deceased, married Columbus D^^dd. and left t\\'0 
children; Lucretia. widriw of Tra Tainier. has two children; she resides at 
Adams; Mary, now deceased, married John Phillipy: I'ranccs. who married 
John W. Stout, has seven children, is a resident of Greensburg; Caleb, whu 
married Alice Gray, resides at Adams. Indiana. 

\\'illiam T. INIarkhnd. the other meml;er of this family, was born in De- 
catur cour.t}'. Indiana, near Greensburg. Octijber 29. 1851. After finishing 
the common school brandies at Adams he took a four-years' course at Harts- 
ville College, finishirig with a term at Danville Normal. Entering the South- 
ern Theological Seminary at Louisville, he had the advantage of studying 
itnder the great Doctor John A. Broadus. and olitained his first pastorate at 
Jamestown. Ohio, where he spent three years. This was f.jHowed by charges 
at Lawrenceburg and Cambridge City, Lidiana. winch, consumed some three 
or four years of time, and his next move took him into the far West as prin- 
cipal of the Indian Academy at Eufaula, Indian Territory, After a year at 
this place he did missionary work at Edmund and Orlando, Oklahoma, at the 
opening of the Creek nation. Reluming to Indiana, he spent a year in evange- 
listic work, later went to Charlestown, Illinois, for an engagement of three 
years, followed by pastoral charges at Buda and Ainboy in the same ^tate. 
which consumed five more years. After this he located in Shelby county, 
which has been his permanen.t place of residence, though he has occasionally 
filled pulpits in churches in Decatur. On Eebruary i. 1909, he engaged in the 
real estate and loan business at ShiClbyville. under the firm name of Markland, 
White & Habig, th.nigh he >u\l kee|is uj) with his ministerial work. He was 
Prohibition candidate for the Legi.-lature from Shelby county, and is riuite 
prominent in temperance work. He ov.-ns a small farm south of the city, and is 
noted for his energetic qualities in the varied pursuits that have gained his 


atlcntinn. lie is a hue lypv of tlie! citi;^cn ami enjoys cxct-llciU 
standing' in tlie coniniunit\-. 

July 8. 1S-9. Mr. Maikland married Delia White, of Deeatur eonnty. a 
ladv of many aecompli^hnieiits. who has proven ;i valuable to her hus- 
band in his refi.rmat.iry en.ieavors. She is well edueale.l. lia> traveled, uaieh. 
observed closely, and accumulated a fund of u>i:\u\ informati.m. 
writing well in prose anil verse she is a good mu-ieian. and her labors in the 
fields of religious and m.iral reform have made her prominent. Mr. and Mrs. 
Markland have ha.l two children oi unusual pronuse. whose lives were unhap- 
pily cut short by untimely .leaths: Lilla P... who was born May 3, 1881. died 
^[ay 6, 1898. Edna [May. liorn May i i. 1883. died [May JO. iOO_'. 


Although yet a young man. the gentleman whose name initiates this re- 
view has succeeded in showing what can be accompli.-hed in the business vrorld 
if energv, persistency ar.d the exercise of good common sense are combined in 
the everyday affairs of life. 

Alonzo Blair Ballard was born May 12. 1875. in Shellwville. Indiana, the 
son of Elijah ^[. and ?vlartha (^^IcBride) Ballard': the latter was the daughter 
of David and Alary McBride. and was born in Ireland, having come to this 
countrv with her parents when she was young, bicr parents were natives of 
Lisburn, County Down. Ireland, and they emigrated to Philadelphia in 1848, 
and the vear following came to Shelbyville. Indiana. The father. David Mc- 
Bride. was a carpenter. After about a >-ear he moved to Greensburg. this state, 
thence to Penns\ Ivania, but finally returned uo Shelbyville and remained there. 
Elijah 'M. Ballard was reared on a farm, railroaded as baggage-master for a 
time, but the greater part of his life was ^pc-nt as bricklayer and contractor, 
and he built some of the best dwellings of his da}- in Shelbyville. He was a 
Democrat. Pie accumulated a compeienc\-. His wife died August 31. 1877. 
He died Time 24. 19CO. Elijah was the of John W. Ballard, the maiden 
nan:e of his mother being Rachael McDuffy. John W. Ballard came to In- 
diana from \'irginia. settling in Rush county, near Conn's creek. That was in 
pioneer days. He was a "Forty-niner." crossing the plains to California in 
search of gold, and he has since made numerous trips to the Pacific coast. By 
trade he was a brick-mason, also farmed sonie. also operated a saw-mill on 
Conn's creek. He lived in Shelbyville for some time, following his trade of 
brick-masou. Manv members of this family have been brick masons and ail 
skilled in this lir.e. "j(jhn W. Ballard always delighted to tell of his hazardous 
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vanced age in 1901. having been Ijorn in 181J. Elijah M. Ballard was born in 
1S3S and iiis wife was b.orn in 1842. Elijah M. Ballard served six vcars as 
member of City Council, and wa,-; >er\ing as such at the time >,{ (k-ai'h. wlien 
his son. Alonzo, was apii.iinied to ser\e out the unexpired term of two vears. 
William W. Ballard, brother of Alonzo B., was born in Shelbvville in 
1S63. and he has lived in the same part of ti_v,vn all his life, .\fter attending 
the county schools he learned the bricklayer's trade and in 1S8:; married Marv 
A. Durham, of Slielby county, and this union resulted in the birth of three 
children. William. Marv and Gordon. 

To Elijah yi. Ballard and wife seven children w-ere born, six of whom 
lived to reach maturity: Joseph M. Ballard and Mrs. Martha Metz are de- 
ceased ; the former was a contractor and builder in .Shelbyville. He remained 
unmarried and his death . .ccurred rather suddenly in Februarv. kjoq. :Manl!a 
married James A. Mciz. known to his friends as "Bud" ]^Ietz. Her death c^c- 
curred in the spring of 1S99. leaving one daughter. Ruth Marie. The other 
children are Mrs. Rachae! Rhodes, who lives in Union t.nvnship: }^[rs. Laura 
Michelsr.n. wife of Charles ?^Iichelson. li\es in Shelbyville; she has one daugh- 
ter. Dorothy: William is the eldest brother. 

Alonzo Blair Ballard, twdii lirother to Laura, grew to maturitv in .Shelbv- 
ville and attended the local public schools. After leaving school he learned 
the brick-mason's trade. He went to contracting on his own account al.iuut 
1897 and made a success of this line. In recent yeai-^ he lias done a great; 
deal of cement contracting. In 1907 he built the Coliseum rink, a large brick 
and cement structure. He made the jilans i<>v this building himself. He owns 
and operates the rink. He built the new city hall, the Cath.-.lic church. Knights 
of Pythias hall. Spiegel l--urniture Company's big new factory, the Metzger 
home on East Franklin street, and many otliers, including some of the lie-t 
buildings in Shelbyville. They all show that Mr. Ballard has a natural genius 
for this kind of work, and that he is alway- faithful in its performance. The-e 
many excellent buildings stand as a jierpetual monument to his art. 

On OctL^ber 31. 1905, .Mr. Ballard was tniited in marriage with Ethel 
Marie Roth, daughter of the late bVaiik Roth, wh.-) was Mavor of -Shelbwiile 
at the time of his death in 1901. He was the owner of one of the largest d^rv 
goods liouses in Shelby county for many years. After giving up merchandis- 
ing he was in th.e real estate and insurance business. Mayor Roth was born in 
Germany. .Vjiril i. 1S37. When ;d..,ut nineteen years old' lie came to America. 
landing at Xew Orleans. In i86j Mr. Roth married .\rabella Davidson, of 

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Liiuisviile. Kcmucky. (l;uio;liler ct Jair.cs P. Davidsnu. ,.f iM-ankfMrl. Ken- 
tucky, and Mary ( Hardin- ) Davids, .n. ,<i Stra--l)uri;-. X'iv-inia. lie m..\ed tn 
Sliel'bvville in i^jt)- ^Ii". Koth \vas a well-known and pipular man in tliis 
locality, and his death wa^ decijly lanicr.ted. His funeral wa^ attended, liy the 
citv officials and ex-city rtiicinls. the of the various orders to which 
he belonged, besides a large concourse of people, friends and acquaintances 
from all over the county. He is remembered as a man of generous impulses, 
wlio loved kindness more than ni'mey. 

In 1896 Mr. r.allard Iniili an excursion steamer, the T.rdladina, which he 
ran on the Blue river to the port on the island until the mill dam washed out 
and lowered the river below navigation dcpili. Mr. Ballard alily served as 
cn.gineer and in other capacities at the Lamljert &- EV'.erhari's elevator for alxnit 
two Years. }\e also ran the water works machinery for a short time, and was 
fn-enian for the electric light works. In his fraternal relations Mr. Dallanl is 
a member of the Masons. Elks and Knights of Pythias. 


An industrial man. a fn-st-class mechanic, and griod all-around citizen. 
Charles A. Comstock deserves well of Shelbyvillc. which he has rl,,r,e luuch to 
beautify by his fine decorating and exf[uisite interior nni-hin-. ble is a son 
of William and Elizabeth (Dobbins) Comstock. llie former born in Clint<Mi 
county, Kentucky. January iS. 1842. He was well known in Shelbyville for 
manv vears as a plasterer and contractor. Init is now living in retirement at 
his home on East Hendricks street. His wife died October 17. 1S70. after be- 
coming the mother of two sons. William. Jr.. better known as "Pete." was 
born June 20. 186S. and has followed the trade of cnti-aciing. paper hanging 
and decorating. He married Lida Ray and has one son. and makes his home 
at W'alkersville. a suburb of the city. 

Charles A. Comstock, the elder son. was born at Shelbyville. Indiana. 
Tanuarv- i, 1865. His education was obtained in the schools of Shelbyville. and 
"he began v.ork as an apprentice witli David Barnhart in the plasterer's trade. 
'Beginning when fifteen years old, he was drawing journ.eyiuan's wages at 
nineteen, and continued with his okl employer until 1890. He then engaged 
in business on his own account, and for nearly twenty years has been one of 
tlie prominent contractors of Shelbyville. Usually employing lour men. he is 
sought after to do the most artistic work such as the interior finishing in St. 
Joseph's Catb.olic church., and the decorative work in the residences of Wil- 
liam S. Major and luanv other prominent citizens of Shelbyville. Mr. Co.m- 
stock stands well in the business world as an eftlcient workiuan and conscien- 


tious contractor, who does well whatever he uiideriakcs to d'>. Aft'ahle in dis- 
position. i«l even temper and genial addres-. lie easily makes friends ni all wliu 
have dealings with him. As the result of the general confidence felt in him and 
the superior qualitx" I't his work, he has no difficulty in securing all the business 
he can attend to. and has achieved a success that is complimentary to his in- 
dustrious habits, as well as his reliable character. 

March 21. 189J. Mr. Comst.x-k married FJvira A., daughter nf Janus K. 
and }.ratilda C. 1 Pliares ) Kemper, of Morristown. Mrs. Comstock. who is the 
eldest of three children, is a \\r,man of much above the average education in 
the schools of her native place. She soon became active in church work, for 
which she had an especial fondness, and is an active menilier of the ladies' 
Aid Societv of the Christian church, and she did much hard work in raising 
the money to pav the debt on the new church edifice. She has proven an effi- 
cient helper and safe adviser of her husliand and none stand higher in the 
circles in which slie moves. ^Ir. Comstock is a member of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows. Xo. 39. and the :Modern Woodmen of America, Shel- 
byville Lodge. Xo. 3372. The family reside on West Hendricks street, and 
attend the Christian church. 

Tames K. Kemper was a native of Kentucky, and h.e married Mrs. Ma- 
tilda Rhodes, nee Phares. She was a native of Missouri, and by his first mar- 
riage had four children. Two grew up and are living. Thomas A. Rhodes and 
Tesse C. The latter is a graduate of Hartsville College. Franklin College and 
Chicago University, and'is now pastor of the F'irst Baptist church at \'in- 
cennes. Indiana. 


This name strikes pleasantb up...n Indiana ears as it recall the pleasing 
personality of one of the pioneer judges and ablest, as well as best beloved of 
the .slate's manv distinguished jurists. The family originated in Scotland, 
and John Downev, who came over at an early day with his brothers, had the 
honor of founding this branch of the family. He was a shoemaker, and. tor 
some years followed his trade in the East, but eventually dritted with the tide 
into tiie boundless wilderness of the \\"est. Locating temporarily in Ohio he 
finally moved down the river to Rising Sun. and there found an abiding place 
ur.til'his death, which occurred when he was eighty years old. He inarried 
Susan Selwood. an eastern woman, who shared the old Scotchman's joys and 
sorrows until the final summons reached her at the age of eighty-two. Ihey 
were the parents of seven children, all of whom have long since departed from 
earthlv scenes. Alexander C. D'.wney was born in Hamilton county. Ohio. 
September 10, 1817. and was quite young when brought by his parents to In- 


(liana. Hi.s early clucation wa.s ,)l,iainc.l in tiie lo- sclKK.l-housc. supplemented 
later \>y attendance at the cuiinty -uninary. After reaching;- matuviiv lie en- 
tered the law office of J. T. Brown, at the county seat of l)carl>orn' conntv, 
Indiana, and was admitted to the har in 1S41. After practicing- in a prelim- 
inary way for throe year.-; he rcmove.l in 1844 to Risin.o- Sun. uliicli was des- 
tined to prove his permanent home and scene of his principal achievements. 
He rose so rapidly that in 1S50 he was appointed by Governor Wright Tudj:;e 
of the Judicial Circuit, einbracing the counties of Ohio, Switzerland. Jefferson, 
Jennnigs and Bartholomew. After the expiration of his appointment he was 
elected to succeed himself in work which at that time was surrounded by con- 
ditions that would appal a modern Judge. He made the extensive tour of his 
district twice a year, on a salary of eight hundred dollars. After the addition 
of Ripley and Brown counties this was increased to r>ne thousand dollars. The 
distance between the extreme p..iiits was one hundred and twenty-five miles, 
the traveling done by stage and horseback, over rough rokds and poor accom- 
modations at the stopping places. Judge Downey resigned in 1S58 to resume 
practice but his constituents v.-ere not willing to dispense with his public ser- 
vice and soon were calling for him in amither tield. Iii 186.? he was nominated 
for the office of State Senator on the Union ticket, and was elected by a coiu- 
bination of Democratic and Republican friends. His most important act at the 
next -session of the Legislature was bis vote for the amendment to the United 
States Constitution abolishing slavery. \Miile in the Senate, Judge Downey 
was a steadfast supjiorter of the U'nion cause and upheld Governor ^Morton in 
all of his patriotic efforts. Governor Baker appointed him a member of the first 
Board of Trustees for the House of Refuge at Plainfield, and he lent his aid to 
sustain other institutions of the state, being always public spirited and pro- 
gressive. In 1870 be was elected one of the judges of the Supreme Court of 
Indiana, but declined re-election at the expiration of his term in 1S76. Resum- 
ing his law practice at Rising Sun he was again called to the bench as Judge of 
the Circuit Court of his county, and discharged its duties with his usual fidelity 
and ability for the full term of six years. Judge Downey ended his useful and 
honorable career at his home in Rising Sun. in 189S, sincerely lamented all 
over the state. In early manhood he married Sophia J., daughter of Daniel 
and Susan Taplcy, who came with her parents to Rising Sun in her girlhood. 
Id Judg'e and Mrs. Downey eight children were l)i->rn. of whom onlv two are 
living. George E. inherited his father's love for the law and is iniw servir.g as 
judge for part of the old circuit embracing the counties of Dearborn and Ohio. 
Harry S. Downey, the othei surviving member of the family, was Ijnm 
at Rising Sun, Indiana. August 20. 1853. He was graduated at old Asbury 
University, now Depauw. in 1875. and began the i)ractice ,of law at bis home 
city in Tiartnership with his brother Daniel. In 1S79 he removed to Shell)vville, 
whicli. with, occasional professional absences, has since been his Having 


rt'ccivcil an appinntnieiit as qcneval atturiicy tur the 1 .i>ui>\ ille. I-'.\aiisville .S: 
St. Lnuis Railnuul Omii.any, Mr. Dmw ncy" locate. 1 at l...uisvilk-. the -cncral 
lieadciuarlers. and rcmaiiK-(l thcfc tun year.-;, wlu'n he was appointeil attureny 
for the receiver ut the road, and acted in this capaciix until the -ale. 1 lis ne.xt 
work wa-- as yei^eral c'aini a.^ent for the (itdf. (/..Imi-;,,],, ,\: Santa h'e !\aihcia<l 
Company, with headi(juarters at Galveston. Te.xas. \n wliich he devoted several 
years, and then retitrned to Shelby vide, w liere he resumed practice nf the law 
with his old -partner, Charles Major. In Hjco ?\lr. Downey wa- elected to the 
Legislature as Represent.ative from Slielhy countx. and served his term of two 
years. lie is popular in jjolitics as well as law and business, having inherited 
the sua\'e manr.ers and genial address of his distinguished father. 

Octolicr II, iSjO. Mr. Downey married, Mis.s'" Lillie P... daughter of Doc- 
tor W. II. ami }vlarv Stdlivan. of Rising Sun. She died April Ji, 18S3. and 
on February J5. iSo;. Mr. Downey maVried Kliza.beth P.. daughter of^R. D. 
and Tvlary Harshman. of Dayton, Ohio, tie is a memlier of the ^lasonic Order, 
and holds relations with the various branches of that fraternity at Shelby- 
ville. lie also Ijelougs to the Piela Thcta Pi fraternity at Depauw Cniversity. 
and is a member of the Shelby County Par As>ociaiion. The religion of Mr. 
and Mrs. D" i- Cli'-istiau Science, and he is the tlrst and his wife the 
second reader of that church at Shelbvville. 


Idle subject of this sketch lias long been recognized as one of Shelby 
county's foremost agriculturists, holding h.ioli rank among the business men 
of the communilv in which he lives, and in giving the life record of Mr. Li)gaii 
the biographer believes that it will be an incentive to the young who may 
peruse it to lead n'P)!er lives, have higher ambitions and more 
for themseKes and ilieir fellow men. for his life has always been lc<l along 
a high jilane of endeavor, always consistent with honorable principles. He 
is the scion of pioneer ancestors of the most sterling qualities who did much 
in their dav for the communities in which th.ey lived, and many of their note- 
worthv traits of character are exemplified in the life of our subject. 

Moses M. L<,gan is a iiative of the Pucke^e state, having been borii in 
Somerville. Putler county. Ohio, December 12. 1S45, t''^ son of Paul and 
Ruth (Smith) Logan, the former a native of Harper's P'erry, Maryland, 
from which place he removed to Putler county. Ohio, in an early day, locating 
in Somerville, where he lived the remainder of his life. He was a carriage- 
maker bv trade, which he followed all his life. He w.>rked the timber from 
the green state through all the necessary stages into a carriage. Pie was one 

M. M. I.OGAX. 




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ciiahwuk's }[isti)kv of shei.ey co., ixd. 513 

(if tlie lie:-t workmen in this line in his cr.nniry. and the carringes lie turned 
out were ca.^eiiy sonsht. However, he died praetieally a pi^or man. when sev- 
cntv-four years old. after rearing a family of nine children. 

When a Ixiy Moses ^NI. Logan assisted his father in his wag.m shop, 
painting until lie wa-; fifteen years uh\. Then he worked as a farm hand for 
one year, and when only sixteen years dd he gave way h> h\< iiatri-iiic lerxnr 
and enlisted in Company P., Sixty-ninth Ohio \'<i!unteer lnfaiitr_\'. .^epiemher 
T, 1861, and was in the Army of the Tennessee, umler Sherman and Thomas. 
His first great engagement was that at St.uie River; he also f^ugiit at Resaca, 
Missionary Ridge, took part in the Atlanta campaign, and was at the fall 
of Atlanta. From there he w-cnt thrungh North Car -liiia to Washington. 
D. C. He was never wounded, hut was shot through the hat, and he was in 
the hospital for a sli^ .rt time. 

After his services in the army. Mr. Rog-m returned to Butler count\-. 
Ohio, where he remained for a short time, then removed to I'reblc c;>unty, 
that state. After remaining there with his sister for some time lie came to 
Shelbv county, Indiana, in 1S77, and he has lived here ever since. 

Mr. Logan was united in marriage with Aniaret R(;llitt, February 11, 
ifijy. She was horn and reared upon the farm where our -^ubjeci and wife 
now live. When Mr. Logan landed in Shelliy county he had 'Jiily about 
fifty-five dollars. The old farm was divided and he began purcha^ng it. idl- 
ing a portion from time to time, and thereby soon had a good start. He now 
owns one hundred and eighty-tV.ur acres where he now lives, having nia.le 
all the improvements on the same until it is wc'I worth the sum of twenty- 
five thousand dollars and ranks among the best farms in the county. All this 
he has made bv dint of hard toil and good management. He handles stock 
of various kinds and good grades. He has made much of his competency 
handling hogs, being an especially good judge of this department .:.f the live 
stock business. He has a comfortable and substantial dwelling, and every- 
thing about the place shows prosperity. He has been a hard worker and has 
succeeded because he lias persevered. Howe\er, he attributes all his success to 
his wife, who has faithfully assisted him in all his undertakings. ^^ 

To ^vlr. and :^Irs. Logan one daughter. Lia, was born in iS^i. and she 
graduated from the Morristown high school. She is living in Hanover town- 
ship, the wife of Howard Gordon, whom -he married March 15. 1905. and 
thcv are the parents of two children, Julia Ann and TIenry Logan. 

In his fraternal relations Mr. Logan is a member of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fell.-;ws. at ^Torristown. He is a member of MorristrAvn 
Lodge. Xo. 103. Free and Accepted Masons; the Rushvillc Chapter. Xo. 24. 
Roval Arch Masons; the RnshviHe Couiicil. Xo. 41. Royal and Select Mas- 
ters; aRo he is a member of the Scottish Rite, at Indianapolis: also the ^lurar 
Temple. Ancient Arabic Order Xobles of Mystic Shrine, and he is a thirty- 

514 ClIAnWlCK's HISTOKV OF Slllll.liV CO., IND. 

secnii.l-dc-rL'e niembrr. Mr. Lo-an takes a ,<;i\'at ileal vi iiitrrc-l in Masoni 
and one wruld jiuli^e \v->n\ liis daily life thai he helieves in earryiii.u' uut t 
sublime and noble preeepis of thc-e worthy orders. In politics he is a K 
publican. l)ut has never held otircc. 


Alwavs level-headed and self-possessed, is the characteristic description 
of David L Wilson, who has practice.! law at Shelbyville for thirty-five years 
with steadily increasing- success. A wise counsellor, he is often consulted; 
sane and sound, his advise is valued. 

John \V. W'ilsr.n. lo whom wc are ind.ditcd for our genial suV)ject, was 
born" in Kentuckv. January J5. 18J4. canie t.. Indi.ana with his paretits 
when a verv voung 1;mv. They settlol r.n a farm in Shelby cnunty near Ray s 
Crossing, where John grew up ar.d in earl\- inanlirMKl was married to Martha 
A Mau^;v. daughter of a pn.minenl Rush cunty family, and h- .rn in June. 
iS'6 \ftcr uiarriage ^Ir. Wils..,, moved to f.aurcl, then a town 01 some 
importance on the Whitewater canal, in rayette coimty, where lie learned the 
harness trade and saddlery busines, v.vith hi> b-rc^tlier. Alter a short residence. . 
however, lie located in Shelby cnuuiy. -ix miles south of Shelbyvdle. where he 
continued harne;^s business and later bought a farm of forty acres. lie met 
with sucii prosperity in his affairs that in a few year^ he found hin-clf inp. ,s- 
session of three hundred and sixty-two acres of goo.l farming land. Ihi- lie 
eventually sold, purchased another tract of one hundred and thirteen acres. 
and devoted his attention to its cultivation until the tiiue of his ueath. His 
wife havine lost her parent, in irfancv, was reared by her sister and brother- 
in-law. Mr and Mrs. Joseph Patterson. John W.. and Mrs. Martha N\ ilson 
were the parents of ten children-. Joseph A.. Davidi L.. W mchcvcr T.. Silas 
M.. Luciuda M.. ^^\v^ became Mr^. S. L. :Mai^.r: Vv::uk M., (^orge H., 0ns 
G., fohn U. and Cliarks T.. all of u ii. m are living. 

''David L. Wilson, second of this family, was born in Slielby county. In- 
diana. Tanuarv 24. i^SO- ^"'^ ^^^^'^^^ through the usual ed.ucatioual rule 01 
davs by attending school smne three m^nitlir. in winter and ]mttmg m the rest 
of'the'vcar in liard work on tlie farm. This coniiuued until he was twenty 
vears old. when he entere.l Hart.ville College, in Bartholomew county, and 
devoted two and a half vears to mastering the curriculum ot institution. 
The next step was in the mle of a teacher, to which occupation lie .Wvnii-,\ ms 
attention for tive terms and then entered the lau otflre of Hon! & B.air. at 
that time the Icadim: rirm in ShelbvviUe. After >tudying three years lie "hun- 
cut iM< diingle." March .. 187^.. and began practice of the law on his own ac- 


cunt. He \va> scIkt. industrinus ami stiulinns willi tlic result tliat usually 
follows these sterling qualities, and in time we find Mr. Wilson enj. .yiu!;' a 
g-ood general practice in all the onirts. Always an earnest KepuMican, hut a 
partisan wlm never gave "tYense. his party has ciflcn lnjn, ,red him and snugli!: 
frequently to extend other I'.unnrs. several nf which were declined. In the 
spring of 1S85 he was elected May(ir of Slielhyville. but after serving accept- 
ably for two years declined a re-udmination. He was City .Mlorncy for seven 
coiisecuti\-e }cars at one time and f<jr five years at another. In 1904 he was 
tendered the nnminati.m as candidate for the high otiice of Circuit Judge for 
the judicial district including Rush and Sh.elby counties, Ixit for business rea- 
sons he refused to make the race. However, he has frequently acted as special 
judge in cases being trie^l in Shelby, Rush and Hancock counties, always pre- 
siding with dignity and ability, carnir.g the encomiums of both sides for his 
fairness. For two years Mr. Wilson was president of the Shelb_\- Couni}- Joint 
Stock Agricultural Association, and has been quite proininent in connection 
witli the pi">pular fraternities, having been made a Mason in 1S82, being now 
a member of Shelby Lodge. Xo. 2R. Free and Accepted >.Iast_ins, Chapter Xo. 
2C. Royal Arch Masor.s Council Xo. 3. Royal and Select IMasters, and Bald- 
win Commandery Xo. j. Ki;ighls Templar. For three years he was master 
of the lodg'e. served as secretary nineteen years, as high priest oi the Chap- 
ter one year, and as emiiient commander of the commandery for two years. 
In 1S85 he was made a Knight of Pythias. Chillon Lodge, X'o. I2(). and has 
filled the chairs of vice-chancellor and chancellor commander. 

June Ti, 1885. Mr. ^^"ilson married Mary C. daughter of John an.l Mary 
Jones, of lack-S'in couiit\-. Iiidiar.a. but reared in Decatur count}- and Indian- 
apolis, where the tiiarital ceremony was perfonr.ed. Their only daughter. 
Irene, died when six and a h.alf year-; old. Mr. Wil-oii owns a very comfort- 
able home at 79 \A'est Broadway, and has an unusually well selectjd library, 
consisting largelv of classical works. ^ rrto tr^ ^ 


All the older citizens of Slielbyville liave pleasatit recollections of "Pleas" 
Griffev. wb,o was a familiar figure on the streets and in the lxtsine>s houses for 
many years. Rotund in face, jovial in featui-e. he had a smile and a joke for 
every one. and was a welcome visiii ;r in every as.semblage of good fellows. His 
father was a Scotchman, who came to Indiana early last century and settled 
in one of the soutliern cou.nties. where Pleasant W. was b.orn. PTc came to 
Shclbyville befrire the Civil war. started a iiardv.are store and C'rn.iiimed it 
with succe>s until the time of his death, which occurred Augu>t j6. 1SS6. He 

5i6 ' chahwick's IIISTOKVOK SHELEV CO., IXO. 

married lilizaheth 1". I'.ack. who snr\i\erl liiiii many years, and died in Siiclliy- 
ville in July. 1904. Tliey had live ehddren. <<\ wh^m three are livin--. John 
B. Ciriffev. the eldest, reniained with his father durin<j his lifetime, hut of late 
years has l:,een a resident of Indianaiiolis. Albert (i., the second son, lives in 
Shell .vville. 

Harry B. GritTey, third <.f the hoys, was horn in Slielhyville Octoher Jj. 
1867, weiU throu.Lrh all tlie r.nitine of the imhlic sch.ools, and was gradtiaied in 
1887. He spent his time durinj;- vacations in his father's store, later <jbtained 
cmiiNnnicnt with Jacoh (i. DePrez ;ind rcm:iineil in his hardware store f.r 
fifteen vears. It was a sjood schooling and enabled Mr. GrifTey to master all 
the details of the business. Seven years ago he formed a partnership with 
Frank Doble, and since then this firm has been compel ing successfully as hard- 
ware merchants. They keep a full st.ick of everything in their line, are in 
touch with all the improvements and enjoy ;i line trade h')th in city and conn- 
trv. Both partners are progressive, popular and up-to-date in their notions, 
and as all the elements of success are present there is no reason to doubt the 
final triumph of Doble & Griffey. Mr. Griltey pays cnnsiderable attention to 
the fraternities as als.j the industrial jirogrcss of the city. He is presidetit of 
the Shclbyville G.nimvrcial Club, a live organizati...n. pledged to pu^h the city's 
welfare, and consisting of three hundred members. He is a member of the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Modern Woodmen of America. Knights 
of ]\Iaccal;ees and Sons of \'eterans. 

:\Ir. Griffey united in marriage with Dtsdemona. .laughter of George W. 
and Catherine Swials. They liax'c four chiMrcn. Earl F.. Zeruey, Harry B.. 
and Catherine. 

:^nLTux r>. robixs. 

Anyone who travels over Shelbv couiuy will meet many of the older citi- 
zens whose initials are ".M. R." In(|uiry will elicit the fact that they are named 
after one of the old time physicians who in his day w as one of the most widely- 
known practitioners r,f the county. Doctor Milton B. Robins rode many a mile 
and answered th.e calls from tliousands of bedsides. He was a kindly num. 
alwavs responsive to the demands for help that came up in hundred.s oi ways, 
lived an unright life and exerci-ed a large influence in tlie community. Milton 
B. Robins', his yor.ngest son. was born at Shelbyville. Indiana. March 4. i84fi. 
and received his educati(jn in the city public schools, supplcmen.ted by a term 
at the old Asbury University in Greencastle. Iniring the Civil war he en- 
listed for one hu:;dred-day service in Company F. Indiana \"olunti:er Infainry. 
His e\itrance into Ijusiness was as a druggist ..n the public S'l'iare, but later lie 
became a member of the firm of Robins & Powell, which Futg omductcd a 


1> lok. stati(>ncr\- and nritinn store on the nurtli ■^iile. wliicli _t;re\v Xn be one of 
the citvV lie^t known rallying points: alsn in the h.ii ik ami j<ih ]iulih<hing Inisi- 
ncss on Fraiikhn street, and he continued in this line for many years. Ten 
years previous to his death he disposed of his hu-iness and took a position as 
manager and seci'etary of the Ilodcll Furniture Company, and was in this jio- 
sition at the time of death. August 12, iS'jo. 

June 26. 187S. Mr. Robins married Hattie K. Xaylor. one of the popular 
teachers in the city's schools and a lady of many accomplishment-. She was 
born at Montezuma, Parke county, Ind.iana, December 17. iS^Ci. her parents 
being John and Mariah (Chew) Xaylor, Her father was in Clark county, 
Indiana, as early as 1829. followed the trade of carpenter, and is still living at 
]\tontezuma. Indiana. Besides Mrs. Robins, there were three children. Luella, 
the eldest, married Dennis Turtle (deceased), resides at Montezuma, has two 
children. Zula and Frank. Flizalicth E. married Morris Terry, a contractor 
and resident of Long Reach. Caliiornia. James A., the only son. married 
Kate Ford, has six children and is a contractor and miller at Montezuma. :\Ir. 
and Mrs, Robins became the parents of four chiUlren. George X, married Elsa 
Amos, and is city treasurer of Shelbyville. Ccrtrude married Harry E. Kar- 
mire, who is with his father in th.e manufacturing business, and chief Elk ofti- 
cer of the city. Harry ]\I. is now at Xewark. Xew Jersey, with the Westing- 
house Electrical Lamp firm. Frances, the youngest child, is in high school, 
Mrs. Robins obtained her education in the public schools of Parke county, and 
was graduated in 1876 at the Indiana State Xormal. in Terre Haute. Later 
she obtained a position as teacher in the Shelbyville -public schools and retained 
it for two vears, her marriage interrupting her plrms for teaching. ]\Ir5. Rob- 
ins has a taste iin- school and club work, and I'lr years has been conspicuous in 
these lines. The Metho;list Episcopal church has no more active worker in 
the mi'-sion department or (..iher branches of religious endeavor. The Wo- 
man's Club, also the Wihub Circle, for married men and their wi\es. has also 
received c.nsiderable attention, and she is generally found present at its meet- 
ings. The Woman's Clul). estaljlished twenty years ago, has found in :\Irs. 
Robins an acti\e sympathetic supi)orter. Mrs. Robins is a charter member of 
the \\'oman's Club, and Mr. and :\[r5. Robins are charter memljers of the 
Wihub Circle. 


The Shelby county family of this name originated in Kentucky, but the\ 
were long domiciled in Southern Indiana. Allen Perry crossed the Ohio rivei 
before Indiana became a state in the L'nion, ami as early as 1810 we t;nd 
located on one h.undred and sixtv acres of land, which h.e bought from tiie gxiv- 


ernmem in Clark county, lie went tlic strenu^u* tlays nf elcarini;- am! 
grul)bing, Ii'ig cabins and Mthcr privaiii ,i;^ of the jii.ineer peril xl. Mis son. 
James, who was born in Kentucky in 1S03, was Init se\en _\ears old when his 
father became a citizen of Indiana Territory. Mis wlmle life was spent in 
tilling the soil, fir^^t as an as^i-iant of his father and later wiien he was himself 
the liead of a househ.ild. He married l-Jizabeth Eytches..n, by wh.r.n he had 
a large family of children. James .\llen I'erry, the ^i.Nth of the^e in regular 
order, was liorn in Clark county, Indiana, .\])ril 2, 1846. As he grew up he 
obtained a meager education in the inaile(|uate sch'^ols of that peririd, but 
worked on the farm with his fatlier until he reached his majority. His t'irst 
venture for him-elf was as section f.irem.m \'>r the Pennsylvania Railroad 
Compan}-, to which occupation he devmed eigin years of his time. He next 
secured a p. .sitiim as foreman with the Fads City Cement Works and remained 
with this concern for eight years. In iSSj he came to Shelby county, located 
at Fairland, and for three years sold granite for Baxter & Son, of Shelbyville. 
The ne.xt ti\'e \-ear5 were put in as assistant to his sister on farm in Brandy- 
wine township. In the summer of 1900 Mr. Perry waj appointed census enu- 
merator for Brandywine township, and on the following first of Xoveml)er 
was appointed postmaster at Fairland. He has since continued in ibis olhce, 
and his long term is evidence that he has given satisfaction to the patrons. 
From his earliest boyhood r\Ir. Perry was an enthusiastic Republican and al- 
ways active in the support of liis party's principles. In 1898 he was made a 
member of Sugar Creek }>Iasonic Lodge, Xo. 2jij. at I'airland, and has always 
been attentive to his fraternal duties. ]vlr. Perry enjo}^ i)opu]arity as an ofii- 
cial, and general esteem as a citizen. January 2. 1901, he married Anna Coons, 
a native of Shelbyville. Fle is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, 
while his wife affiliates with the Christian church. 

\villia:\i ALLh:x ewixg. 

This well known Brandywine township farmer comes frcnn pioneer an- 
cestrv whose antecedents compose a w idely distributed and intluential connec- 
tion in Shelby county. The parents were James .\. and Sarah G. (Allen) 
Ewing. natives of Hamilton couriiy. Ohio, who, after their marriage in 1844, 
removed to Shelby county and located in section 2/, of Brandxwine township. 
A\"hen he located, his farm contained but a few acres of cleared land, but with 
the assistance of his sons he soon made a respectable place of it and spent the 
rest of his days in its cuUivatiou. At the time of his death, :\larch 15, 1S70, 
he owned two hundred and forty acres of fine farming land, for whicli SheHiy 
countv is noted. He was a liberal supp' ater of the church and all gor^d causes. 



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William Allen Ewiug. eldest of the family, was b,M-n February 16, 1S48. 
and obtained but a limited education, as he had to assist in the fa.rm work as 
soon as he was able to take a hand, lie remained at h-mie until his marriage 
to Eliza Watts, which occurred :March 27, 187J. after which he removed to the 
farm where he now lives, and on which he has spent his entire adult life in agri- 
cultural pursuits. }vlrs. Ewing was born September 17. 1850. and her par- 
ents were among the early settlers as well as the substan.tial kind of per.ple to 
whom Brandvwinc township owed develop.mcnt. and subsequent jtH .s- 
perity. ]\Iorgan Watts, her father, was born in Franklin county, Indiana, 
and came to Shelby county when neighbors were few and far between. He was 
the son of Thomas and Eleanor (Love) Watts, eastern ]ieople. who located 
in Shelby county in 1831, when ^IVirgan was only three years old. .\fter he 
grew up' he met and married F.hzabeth. Judd. whose parenis were very ea.rly 
settlers, ble died in Kansas January 6, 1885, and his wife passed away C)c- 
tober 16. 1896. Their children are as follows: Eliza, wife of Mr. FZvcing ; 
Alice, wife of William H. Xail. of She!l)yville : William, the eldest son. is 
also a resident of Shelliyville ; ^lary is the deceasc.l wife <,f Frank Edwanis. 
Thomas, and IMartha who married David Francis, both dead; Albert, the 
youngest, the father of ^lorgan, was a Trustee of tlie township, and with his 
wife belonged to th,e Methr..list Protestant churcli. Willian^. and Eliza ( \\"atts) 
Ewing were the parents of the following named children : William Francis, 
born January 22. 1S75, has been a successful man and is now assistant super- 
intendent of the Prudential Fnsurance Company at Shelbyville; he mairied 
Lillian :\lcOueen and has ban- children. .Vlma R.. Jay Ralph. F^wain and Lil- 
lian F. ; he is a member of the Masonic lodge and the Knights of Pytbi;!S. 
Charles ^Lirgan. Mr. Evving's second son. was born July 9. 1S77, married 
Mabel GrifTeth and is a school teacher, resident of Shelbyvillc. He is the 
father of one child. Robert Donald, born February 10. lOCQ. Mr. Ewing was 
Assessor of his township in 1873. He and his wife are active workers in the 
Methodist I'nuestant church and he has been trustee for many years, acting 
also as treasurer, and for seventeen years was secretary of the quarterly cc:«n- 
ference circuit. He is a charter member .if Ozark Tribe. Xo. 35'). Improved 
Order of Red :^Ien. at Fairland. .As a farmer Mr. F.wing was progressi\e 
and has been prosperous, few standing as an exiJi^Jiein of integrity and 
correct principles in all the relations of life. 



Il was a gl(H:>my da}- in 1S3J wIr'h T'eter Scluvall. a pnor German lioy, 
eml.)arked at a port in liis natix'e land t'nr a lunq- voyage to tlie great Republic 
beyond tlie seas. He was in tbe blush of ymnh, li<)\ve\er. Iieing only twenty- 
six years old. wlien cx'crything looked briglu and goiul. so with a nianlx' heart 
and light pocketlnHik he faced the j^rolileiu of C()nfiucring the world. I.'-\'ent- 
iially he landed at Xew Orleans, but remained there (Mily a sh(jrt time before 
pushing on to Cincinnati. Ohio, ihen a kind of Mecca for immigrants of Ger- 
man nationality. He tried his har.d at gardening and met with sufficient success 
to justify his marrying, shortly after which event he came with his wife. Mary, 
to Shelbyville. At Iirst he accepted any joli that offered, but after a few months 
of destiltory undertakings, finally rented a small place and engaged in farming. 
He changed to various localities as a renter until he succeeded in getting to- 
gether enough money to buy a few acres of his own. and on this little farm 
in Shell)}- township he remained itntil his wife's ilcath in i8i;o. since which time 
he has made his home with his son. His children are as follows: ?Ienry, 
Peter, a resident of Kokomo : Catherine, wife of Jasper Collins, of Howard 
county: Lena, wife of Christ Xoling. of L-idianapolis : Mar}-, wife of Vincent 
Lanworling. of Indianapolis: Barbara, wife of Steve Shin, of Logansport, In- 
diana: Margaret, a resident of Brandywine township, and Elizabeth, wife of 
James Ryan, of Richmond, Indiana. 

Henry Schwall. eldest of the childi-en. was born at Shelbyville. May 26, 
1856. and as soon as he was old et-iough assisted his father in farm work. This 
contiinied tintil a little after the con-ipletion of his twentieth year, when he w-as 
married on Octolier 21, 1876. to Catherine .\dams. She w-as born in Germany 
April 2. 1S54. and came to America when a baby, with her parents. Jacob and 
Elizabeth Adams, well known farming pei:)ple of Shelby oainty. After his 
marriage Mr. Schwall began farming for hnnself as a renter in different locali- 
ties. By hard work and econon-iy he managed to save up enough money to buy 
the presei-it cozy little farm of seventy-one acres in Brandyw-ine township, on 
w-hich he makes his home. It is a part of the old Goodrich farm and comprises 
as fertile aiul productive a soil as is found in that part of the county. After 
coming inti-> possession Mr. Schwall made impro\ements from time to tin-ie. 
which added greatly to the attractiveness and value of his place. Within the 
last year he erected a fine new barn, with all the modern conveniences for .stock 
and grain, as well as ornamental in architecture. He is what is called a general 
farmer, raising all the cei-eal crops ad.aptcfl to this latitude, and keeping as 
much stock of good quality as is justified by the size of his farm. He is also 
interested in stock raising. He is recognizeil among the younger generation 
of farmers as one of the most successful and progres5i\-e. is quite popular 
among his neighbors and altogether a worthy citizen in every respect. Ele and 

his wife are nicmhers of the German h:van-ehcal church, at Shelhyville. Init the 
chil.h-en are niustlv atnliale.l xvitli the Melhodisi l-.piscMpal churcli. Mary, 
the oldest dauL^hter. h..rn Octohei 31. 1S77, is the wife nf WiUiam Cargcr. of 
Brandvwine township, and has four children. Harold C. horn January 3. 
i90v'Lvdia C, Eds-ar and M.-rris William. Margaret. Mr. Schwall's second 
daughter, born January jS. iSSi. is the wife of Henry Young, of In<lianap:'hs. 
They occupy a "residence of their owu. 1125 Oxford street. Anna, horn Oc- 
tober 30. iS'Sv and William Henrv. b.,rn October 13. iStio. are both at home. 


The ancestors of this family were early settlers r>f Indiana, and the de- 
scendants have been identified with the state for several generations, .\ndrew 
J. :\IcDaniel was born in Decatur county, near St. Onier, March 31. 1826, and 
devoted his entire life to farminsr. He married Emeline Palmerton. who was 
born in Dearborn count v. near Aurora. February 2y. 1829. Sb.e was a daugh- 

ter of John Ealmerton. a man ot s,;,r,e imiiortance 

that secti 

of the state b.M-dering on the Ohio. Of New York nativity and Yankee descent, 
he moved west in earlv life to engage primarily in farming, but found other 
outlets for his energies. Fr,r years he was a boatman on the Ohio nver and 
ran a line of boats between Cincinnati ar.d Xew Orleans. Meantnne he dealt 
in grain and stock, owning a large tract of land in tlie western part ot Decatur 
county. Of his eight children two are living, a son and a daugliter. 

Erastus W. McDaniel. son of Andrew J., was born in Jasper county, Illi- 
nois February 28, i86v He was reared on a farm in Liberty township. Sheliw 
county. Indiana, and there obtained elementary education. Having de- 
cided'to teach he spent twentv-one week.-, at the Central Xormal College in 
Danville as preparation for his calling, and shortly after leaving that institu- 
tion "took up school.- He was nineteen years old at this tune, and untd 
twentv-seven he had charge of various classes in the vicinity ot his Liberty 
township home. During four of the eight years he was empl'.yed at blue 
Ridge. In the intervaLOie devoted his summers to farm work and his leisure 
hotirs to general studv. with a special view of qualifying himselt tor the law. 
In 1S90 he went to Palestine. Texas, and spent a >ear there m teaching, alter 
which he returned to Shelbyville and became an attache m the law oftice ot 
Hord & Adams. Five years being spent in this employment he was admitted to 
the bar on June 4. 1892. and immediately entered upon the practice of lus pro- 
fession. For three years he was in partnership with Ib.n. Denjamin F. Love, 
one of the oldest and be-t known of Shelby county-s many able lawyers, ana 
a man of fine ability. Since Mr.'s death., which occurred m 1904. Mr. 


McDaniel lia> I'eon £;r>ins' it alnne. In lie was ai)iic:intoil County Attor- 
ney l.y the r.oanl <>f Conmy C. inmiissi. aicrs ,if Slielliy county, ami after .Serv- 
ing- acceptaMy tour ami a half years, resumed the general practice. He made 
a specialty of prohate l)U^iness. ar.d has been called on to settle many estates. 
Bright, well up in his profession, energetic and attentive to huMue--;. Mr. ?^Ic- 
Daniel never lacks for clients. Mr. McDaniel is a niemlier ( 
Lodge, Xo. 554, of Odd Fellows, Waldron Encampment. X( 
Rebekahs. He is acting captain of Cantou 42. Patriarchs Mi!i 
apolis, is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Ord 
is quite enthusiastic in all relating to his fraternal duties. 

Mr. ^McDaniel is an enthusiastic Democrat and served as secret;i 
executive committee of his party in Shelby county. For ten years h 
assistant secretary of the Shelby Coimt>- Joint Stock .\gricultural A'^sociation. 
and in 1909 was re-elected secretary: also lie ha^ been active in all that prom- 
ised t(i lead "'Old Shclliy"' iii the pathways of progress. 

On December 3, 189-', ^^Ir. r^IcDaniel was married to Eva Lantz Bid- 
dinger, member of an old Indiana family. By thi-- union there has been one 
child, Frank McDaniel, wdio was born Jur.e 20. 1805. and is now attending 
school. The family reside in their o\vn property. Xo. 35J Harrison street, and 
]Mrs. McDaniel is con>picuous in religions circles as presidcr.t of the Fadies" 
Aid Societ\- of the West Street Methodi-t Episcopal church. 






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A retired farmer, one of the best known men of Marion township, is 
William Plenry Pond, a native of P>anklin county, Indiana, where his Ijirth 
occurred on the 27th day of Xovember, 1839. The Ponds \:-ere Xew Yorkers 
and among the pioneers of Southern Indiana, the subject's father. Flenry Pond, 
migrating to this state while the foot of the red men still pressed the -oil, and 
locating in Franklin county, when the few scattered settlements were as niches 
in the aim. i?t impenetrable forests. By occupation Henry Pond was a tanner. 
He learned his trade in Bmokville, Franklin county, and then started business 
at Metamjra in a small way. but the demand for leather being great, he grad- 
ually enlarged the scope of his operatic ns until he built up a successful estab- 
lishment, and in due time commanded an extensive patronage and became one 
of the wealthy and influential men of the town. Possessing a wonderful con- 
stitution and a will which hesitated at no obstacles, however numerous or 
formidable, he made his influence felt among his fellow citizens; he traveledi 
extensively throughout the country, buying hides and building up a business 
which soon placed him at the head of the leather industrv in \>an of the 


State. He was an rild-lir.e Wbi.u. ami a leader ''f his party in I'ranklin and 
adjoinir.g cmuitie-. and in addition tn his activity as a jx iliticiau. he was :[]»:> 
prominent in relipii'us work, hein^- (.>ne of the early members of the Christiar, 
or Disciple church in Franklin county, and donating the third story of his tan- 
ncrv n^ a jilace i>f puM'c wor-hip h'n ni the time of his arrival in the county 
until his death at the ripe cM aQe -f ninety-one years, the name of Ik-nry I'ond 
was a household word in nearly every home, and wherever lie slopped on his 
business trips he was sure of a g-enerous welcome. 

The maiden name of Mrs. Pond was Catherine Watson. She was liorn at 
Dundee, .'Scotland, and at the age of two years was brought to America by her 
parents. who were among the pioneer settlers of Franklin county, Indiana, and 
highlv esteemed in the community where she resided. She was married in the 
above countv. an.d there reared her family. C(_insisting of nine children, but 
three of whom are living. \iz : Mrs. ^ib'.rga.ret P.rown. David \\". and William, 
whose name introduces this sketch. 

The earlv experience of William Henry Fund was similar in most resprcts 
to that of the majority of town lads, being devoid of thrilling incident, and one 
mav seek in vain for anything in his career akin to the tragic. lie was rearcl 
under wholesome home inlluences. attended during his childhood and youth the 
public schools, and when twenty years of age took to him.fclf a wife and help- 
meet in the person of Caroline Larimore. and set u\) a domestic establishment 
of his own as a farmer. In 1S63 he came to Shelliy county and settled in 
Marion township, where he soon achieved success as an agriculturist, and where 
he has since resided, being at this time one of the leading farmers of his com- 
munity, also an enterprising man of atlairs. 

Mr. Pond has been a careful student of agricultural science, and owns a 
fine farm in section 16. on which are a number of valuable improvements, 
including among others a commodious and comfortable modern dwelling, which 
is considered one of the most beautiful and desirable countrv" homes in the town- 
ship. Since the death of his faithful wife and companion, he has made his 
home wiih his sun Walter, and now lives a life of honorable retirement, having 
accumulated a sufficiency of this world's goods to place him in independent 

^Ir. Pond is not a politician, although firm in his allegiance to the Repub- 
lican party. He has never sought ofiice at the hands of his fellow men, being 
content with the riuiet and satisfactory life of an agriculturist and desiring no 
other title than that of citizen. In matters religious he is a zealous member of 
the Methodist Episcopal church, and a liberal contributor to its material sup- 
port, Fraternaliv he is identified with the Masonic Order, belonging to the 
lodge in Shelby ville, in which from time to time he has been honored with 
various official positions. 

Mrs. Pond, who was liorn in Franklin countv about the vear 1S40, was 


early in life left an nrplian. Ix'ih Ikt lKl^t.•nt^ (iyini,'- when she was a mere infani. 
She ix)i-e her lui.-haiid ^e\en children, the ..liles;, a snn l.y the name .>f (.".corije. 
being deceased; Ilenry niarrie<l I-".ua (."anady. a.nd li\es in Slielhy cmnity, hi'? 
family consisting of six children; Liuy. wife nf Iviley Sedgwick, lives in this 
coiintv als!), as does r)ewitt. the fonrtli in order of hirih. who married Ida 
Sedgwick. .Mhert. a farmer of Shelhy count}-, is likewise a man of family, 
havi'iig married Lily I'.a.-s. Walter, who married Zoia R.-ljius. lives on tlie 
home farm and looks after his father's comfort, the latter being a meml.icr of 
the household and a welcome addition to the domestic circle. Oscar L. Pond, 
the yoimgest member of the family, is a prominent lawyer of Indianapolis, and 
well known in legal circles in other parts of the state, lie has a beautiftd home 
in the capital city, which is presided c>\"cr liy a yoting lad}- of intelligence and 
cultm-e. t(i whom he was married some years ago. and who previous to that 
event was known as Helen Guild. 


For more than fort\- years no name has been more familiar in Shelby 
county than that of DePrez. The founder of the family was a liusiness man 
of great activity, and left a large family of sons, who in various lines ha\-e 
extended and perpetuated the jjojAilarity of tlie name. At every tm-n in the 
city's history, in e\er_\- moxement for its uplift an<l dc\e]. ipjiucnt. one or more 
of the DePrezs have been conspicuous. Public spirileil and resourceful, they 
have alwa\s stood ready to help with time and money in whatever promised t.> 
push the town forward to renewed growth and increased prosperit}'. John ami 
Mary (Carwine) DePrez were Germans, who came over some years before tlie 
Civil war and located at Cincinnati. At a later period they removed to Shelby- 
ville and erigaged in the hotel business, with varirius side lines. Fdeven chil- 
dren were born to them, eight sons and three daughters, and of these five are 
still living. 

Jacob DePrez. one of the younger children, was Ijorn durir.g the residence 
of his parents in Cincinnati. March 24. 1S55. ^^'^ educatio!i was obtaincdi 
after their removal U) Shelbyville, and was confined to attendance in the public 
scb.ools. Mr. DePrez entered business at an early age, as an employe of a 
bakery concern, where he remained five years, flis next ni'.ve was t ) the dry 
goods establishment of August W. Swartz. where he cleiked two years, and 
then served the same length cf time at the store of Mtnry I-'asthdjen. About 
1875. he accepted a position with. Xorman H. Strong in the hardware business, 
and after a .service of five years realized the ambition of his life by going into 
business on his own account. In 1880, in partnership with Henry Doble. he 



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estal^lislied the liardware store wliieh lias since .irnnvn into tlie lar-est r>f ilie 
kind in Shell.yville. In a lew years alter slartin-. lie inirelia^e.l ihe intere-i 
of his partner, and since then has iK'Cn sole proprietor, llis business is con- 
ducted in a building containing- three large llnors an<l a basement, with a lour- 
storv warehouse in\he rear. It is the largest deiuirtnient hardware store ni the 
citv,' and keeps a large st,,ck ..f everyihing appropri.aie f. ir- line, such a- hanl- 
ware, china, stoves, glass, plumbing outfns. gas hxture.-. ar.d .-team tilling 
material. Mr. DePrez employs ten clerks, and his business is conducted >n\ a 
progressive scale, being up-to-date in every jjarticular. lie has prospered, and 
long since held the rank of one of the solid citizens of ShelbyviUe. Mr. iJcPrcz 
has always been interested in the city's growili. and heli^cd in organize the t^rst 
building and loan associalinn. wliich he served a-; trea-urer l.>r three years. 
After a prosperous career, without a financial claid t" mar its reputatic 
safe and sound instituti'm. it paid out and cli '-ed bu^uiess snme 
DePrez has h^en a member i.i the Masonic Order fi.r ni my yeai 
Scottish Rite, .Shrine, and Commandery. He lives in a hands. 
North Harrison street, attends the Christian Science church 
Democratic ticket. 

October q. 18S7. Mr. DePrez marvi.d Jennie, daughter . 
\\'rav. Their only child, Daniel Wray DePrcz, attended P.uiler Ui 
Indianapolis, and spent some time at the Chicago L'niversit} 
uated at Culver Military .\cademy. For some time he has 1 
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The Sh.clbv CMinty family "f this name originated in Keuiurky, Robert 
H. Xeal. who was born in Scott county. December -'5, 1S17, became a Ume.n 
soldier at the beginning of the Civil war. was honorably discharged on accnuni 
of ill heahh. and died .\ugust 9. i^f-.-'. He married Lucy .\, \\ ells, wlio was 
born in camtv. August 10. iS-;,. and died March J.v iSh2. They came 
to this state in iSoj and became the jiarents ,.f six ciiildren. nf \\h,m three 
survive- Charles and ^lr>. Haltie Snow, of Franklin. Indiana, and Mrs, 
Mariah Wright, of Tacoma. Washing!. -n, Ceorge W. Xeal, tb.c oldest and 
best known of the children, was b.Mrn in Scmt county. Kentucky. Septemljer 
•^7 18.14. a'-i^l after reaching maturity became a shoen^aker. Later he live.l nu" 
some vears on a farm of one hundred acres in West Hendricks township: in 
1880 removed to Fairland. where, for two years he was engaged m the boot 
and shoe l:u>iness. Having received the appointment as Deputy Sheriff under 
Sifl Coiua-r. Mr. Xeal became a resident of ShelbyviUe. and after tlie expira- 

5-^6 CllADW ICK's IlISTdKV 0\ SIlKI.liV CO.. 1X1). 

tiuii of liij lerm he was engageil in tlio winid hu.-iiic.-s iimil iSi/o; .-iIkuii thai 
time Ivj hecanie secretary n{ ilie Slielhv \ille lee Mamilaeiurir,!;- CMinpaiiv. In 
1S96 he reiniived to I"raiikt(^rt. Iiichaiia. where for ten vears lie dealt in ice 
and coal with such excellent linaneial re-r,h^ thai he made a fortvme. lie or- 
ganizetl the l-Vankfort Central Heatin-- Company, and was president oi the 
corporati'.n until the time of hi> deaili. Sepiemhcr (/. 11,07. lie marrie^i 
Phoehe A. While, who was horn in Ilendiaeks t...\n>hip. Shelhv count\-. hi- 
diana. Sei)temher 10. 185J. and four children resulted fr.jin this union. Daisv 
E. married George R. Meier and died at Frankfort. August j8. k/i^. Clar- 
ence I\. died June jo. iSoo. Clethera K.. the youngest cliild. married F.tliel 
Lena l-^ory. Ge.iri^e W. Xeil was a memher of the Indeper.dent Orilcr t^i Odd 
Fellows, and for soniL- _\ears was treasurer of Loilge Xo. y). 

Herhcrt .M. Xeal. eldest of this family, was luiruat Marietta. Shelhy 
county. Indiana. Octol;.er 4. 1871. At the ;ige of eighteen he left high selio.jl 
and cnleretl his father's oliice as assistant in the details cciiinected with ice 
manufacturing. He went with the family to Frankfort, hut in 189S returned 
to Shelhyville to accept a jio^ition as superintendent of the lines for the South- 
ern Indiana Gas Company. r\Iay i. igoS. he resigned this place to gt. into 
business for himself, and at the beginning of the winter opened an oOice iov 
the transaction eif real estate and insurance business in the ^Morrison block, 
where he has since continued. Mr. X'eil is a stockholder in tiie First Xational 
Bank, of .'^liell y\ ille. Mr. Xeal is a member of tlie Masonic fraternity Xo. 
28. Chajner Xo. 20. Council Xo. 3. and 1 laid win Coiiimandery. Xo. 2. Knights 
Templar. He is also an Odd Fellow, b'ith subordinate and encampment, and 
for nine years past has been treasurer of tlie lodge. Since 18, 1905. 
he is a of the First Presbyterian church. 

X'ovcmlier 2. iS':f\ Mr. X'eal married Loretla. only ('aughter of George 
C. an.I Ar.n 1 D. .1,1- I MMrri-n. both P.icmber^ ,.f .Id, an'.! hon-reil faniilie-= of 
Shelby county. John and Sarah 1 C.irruther< 1 !Morrison. jiaiernal grandpar- 
en,ts of Mrs. Xeal. were \'irginians by birth, and came to Shelhyville in 1832. 
The hudjand was an ex])en in tlie making of the old-time hand-turned furni- 
ture, and this Imsiness he carried on for many years in the large liuilding on 
Harri-ou street, afterwards fanv'us as a boarding house. In fact the '•Mor- 
rison Hon>e." and Mother ^Jorrisr.n. its guiding spirit, were well known to 
everybod.y in the o unt}'. George C. Morri.-^on, wlio wa< born at Wheeling. 
\\'est ^"irginia. .AugU'^t 15. 1829, and died in Shell ^yville \ugu-i 17. My-^A. was 
a man of promiiie;-,ce. very succrssful in business, a director in tb.e bh'rst Xa- Bank, and one of its local capitrdir^ts. He was twice ^.layor of the city, 
audtreasurerof the Slielby Lodge. Xo. 30. Inde])endeni Onier of Od.d, l-cl!ow>. 
for twentv vears. being univer-ally known as ••L'licle Ge. .rge." and jiopular 
with ai! clashes of p,-. .p.le. Hi^ chil.iren were Edgar. Charles. Harry C. George 
C. and Loretta. beside-^ a s-n who died in Mrs. .\nn 1 I)..b!e) M'V- 


rison's i)arcnts ar.d gramliiarcnts canie tn Mu'Imv o aim 

in M.M-al township, and iheir (k>sccr.<lanis liocanic pn.niir.cnt as larnicrs, <i 

dealers and men of atlairs in various lines of activity. 

f^jS and settled 


The founder of the Shelhy county family of this naniL- was Isaac Tindall. 
a native of Kentucky, born x'ovemher 7. 17S3. xvh.i came to Shelhy coimly. 
Indiana, in 1S31. He entered eighty acres of land in Washington tc-'wuship, 
and followed fanning after the crude methods known to the pior.ecrs. but as 
he was industrious he made a good living and prospered. He married in his 
native state Amelia }*Ics-ick. whose date of birth was March 16. 1793, and they 
reared eight children. Among them was Job D. Tindall. who was bont in Scott 
county, Kentucky. June 17. iSjo. Eventually he purchased his father's W ash- 
ington township homestead, and established thereon a tatinery. which h.e con- 
ducted in the old-fashioned way. using oik bark to tan the hides he Ixnight in 
the neighborhood. He was a thrift)- man. and in time accumulated a respectable 
estate, which has since been enjoyed as an inheritance by his descendants. 
Desiring to lead a les: sirennous life, he turned the old farm over to one of his 
sons and bought three hundred and twenty acres of land in what is now Shelby 
township, where he livetl until iSoo. and th.en moved to Waldron. where the 
rest of his days were spent in retirement, his death occurring Oct.jber 2. 1901. 
alter he had reached the ripe age of eighty-one vears. He married Susani-a 
Warner, who was born in }vIontgomer}- county. Oliio. October 20. 1S2S. Her 
parents. George and Alary Ma.gdelena ( Eyda > Warner, who were originally 
Pcnnsylvanians. migrated first to Ohio and iherce t... Indiana, in 1830. To 
Tob D'. and Susanna Tindall f airtceii children wcie born, of wliL.m seven 
"living, and thus brietly mentioned : Alexander W. married Xanc}-, datighter 
of Svlvan and Susan Bassett, and have two children: Charles A., wh.o is a 
prominent physician at Shelbyville, married Bertha :\Iickelsen. and lias tvo. 
sons: lesse A.I.. v.ho is in the real estate and insurance business at Indiana])olis. 
married X(;ra O. Ivendiall. and has t>V(. s .n< : .\melia M. was graduated at 
Oldenburg Uni\-er5ity and condticicd a seamstress business for some years and 
at present is living in retirement at Shelbyville: Estella C. married \\"illiam 
Eemasters. Sr.. has six children, and re^ides on a farm in Shelby t. .unship: 
AriMua married James :\1. Agnew, of Irvingtr.n. Indiana, and has eight 

Urns F... who is nnmljer four in the foregoing list of children, was born 111 
old A'ld.i-. .11 (now Siiell'v) townO'in, S'leiby c. ur.ty. Indiana, Septemljer 18, 
187 1, .\fter the usual routine in the country schools, he spent two years at 


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D;invillc. Indiana Central Xornial (;.'!k'L;o. and l.c-an ti-achins' in liis native 
count}- ulicn twenty-Mnc xcars old. His pcda.^M-ic experience laste.l ten ve.irs. 
or until 1902. and was confined entirely to Shelliv eMin)t\. In iX<)j lie i)e.i,^in 
the study of law, readiiig during the intervals of ^ehM. ,] in the oftke of {'indall 
cS: Tindall. and one year with Attorney Isaac Carter. 11. lini>hi.d lii^ prelim- 
inary preparaiie.n hy a yenr".- attendance at the Indi-ina]) .hs Law Seho. il, and 
was admitted to the har Octnher !^, tgoo. SulL-equeiU to tlii^ he t.M.k a course 
in the Indiana Law School, from which he was -radiiaied May jij, kjoi. in a 
class of forty-two. Duriny the winters of the two vears following- he taught 
school and continued his law studies at interval- in the otVice of Thomas H. 
Adams. In 1903 Mr. Tin<lall opened an office in rooni^ i and 2. over the 
Slielhy Xationa! IJank. wiicre he has since cntinued to jiractice. I'.eing a hard 
worker, of steady hahits. and strictly attentive i'.. Ini.-^iness. it would not he a 
great risk to predict for Mr. Tindall a most jiopular and prospen us career. His 
fraternal relations are with th.e 0:ld l-\'!l..'\-s and Masons his memhership heiiig- 
in Lodge 197 of tlie former at Waldron. aivl Lodge Xo. 28 of the latter at 
Shelbyvillc. His wife, as well as him-elf. i^ a Ixchekah. hoing members of 
Uxige Xo. 52 at W.'ildron. 

June 7. 1S03, Mr. 'rmdall married Lama Maud .Me:m<. daughter of ]oh;i 
L. and Lli^abeth Mean<. a well educated lad.\ and former teacher ..f imisfc. of 
Shelbyvillc. They ha\-e one son. Glen ^^h. bom June 21. I'^g,}. 


The sultjeci of this -ketch stands out ckar and distiiKt among the repre- 
sentati\-e men of his county and stale, ar.d b> reason of feTceful pcr^' nalitv 
and large succos in material things, he ha- gamed a ceMi-'picn ais pla.ce in the 
communit} is today a leader of thought and in no small 'l-jgree a moulder 
of opinion among these with w-ln m lie mirigles. 

William X. Bassett, a leading farmer and sto'ck rai<cr >■< Hanover town- 
ship, was born in Shelb}' c uv.\y. Indiana. Scptei-nbe.' 2. iN'13. being one of 
the seven cliildren of Janus ^l. and Clara ( Xorvai 1 P,n>;et-i. both jiarents na- 
tives of the county < f Shelb)- and still living as are a.!-o six of their children — 
Hays Bassett. the only rncmlier of the f;miily deceased, dep-irted this lii"e at 
the age of eleven \-ears in li^'j;.. 

The early years of Will-am X. B.assett. sjient in c'cise t'luch with riature 
oj-i his father'^ farm, were co!;.luci\-e to ^•igorou^ pliy-ica! and mental growtli. 
at-id w'niie still a mere lad h.e learned tijo le^son of industry and frugalit}-. wliich. 
with a .-pirit of self-reliance. !iad a marked induei'ce in developing a well- 
rour.deil character and fixing his future course nx life. He helped clear the 




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Salla, to \\h(im lie was r.iarried on the 23d nf Xoveiiiljer. 1SS4. 

After his marriage Mr. Bassetl engaged in agricultural pursuit-, which 
with stock raising has since demanded his attention, meeting witli marked 
success in his- vocations arid as already staled, forging to a leading place 
among enterprising and influential men of the townsliip. Since earl\- manhood 
he has taken an active part in public ati'air-, and fn m lyoi to 1905. inclusive, 
he served as Trustee of l:Iano\-er li.iwnship. diu'ing wliich period he was un- 
tiring in his efforts to advance tlie interests of his jurisdiction and prove an 
able and conscientious official. He administered the duties of his office with 
credit to himself and to the acceptance (if the people, stood for pulilic improve- 
ments and in addition t > his many (jther functions, erected three UKjdern 
school-houses, besides imprcving many miles of highway. 

;\Ir. Eassett owns a fine farm of three hundred and thirty-eight acres in 
all. one mile north oi Mdrristown. and is well situated as far as material 
wealth is cijncerned. being in independent circumstances. Mr. Basselt's home 
farm consists of two hundred and f.irly acres situated one mile m>rlh oi 
Alorristown, range 7 east, section i ; twenty-two and one-half acres nurth in 
section 6. and thirty-seven" and a half acres in secticii 7, and thirty- 
eight acres in range 8, east. In a'Idition to cultivating his own place, he 
looks after the interests of the A. R. Keaton farm of two hundred 
and fifty acres, and. until recently, devoted a great deal of attentieni 
to buving and selling live stock, from which he derived no small p.-irtion of 
his incime. Bv reason of partial disability caused by an injury from a rail- 
road accident, he discontinued the stock business, and since that year has given 
his time to grain farming and dairying, both of which have resulted greatly 
to his financial advantage and added very materially to the ample competence 
now in his possession. Mr. Bassctt is president of the Ripley Farmers' Tele- 
lihone Company; also president of the Ui\erside Gas C'mpany, and is trustee 
(•f the ^lethodist Episcopal church. 

Air. Bassett is staunchly Republican in his political allegiance and an in- 
fluential party worker, being well read on the leading questions of the day. 
thoroughly posted on all the leading issues and fully abreast of the times on 
all matters of local and general import. Like the majority of public-spirited 
nien. he is a member of the Masonic hVaternity, lielcnging to the Blue Lodge, 
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ideiitihed. Mr.-;, llassett heing- vj'W uii her third year as worthy of the 
organization. In additi. n to the al>.vc. ^fr. i;a->ett is an acti\e worker in the 
Independent Order of Odd I'ellows, having- ii:i>>cd all the chair.-; in suhordin.ate 
lodge and encampment; he is also connected witii Warren Ij.dgc. Xo. uih. 
Knights of Pythia.s. at Morristown. in which h.e has been honored time 
to time with every oftice within the gift of the Urothcrhood. besides hoKiing 
mcmbershi]) wiili the Improxed Or.Icr of Red .Men. In religi^ n he has stron.g 
convictions anti decided views, lieing a member (j1 the Meth. ^dist Episcopal 
church and a contributor to its missions, benevolences and nther lines of w(Mk. 
Mrs. Bassett is also a member cf the same religious bodv. and is deeplv in- 
terested in the growth of the local church to which she belongs. 

y[r. and }vlrs. Basi^ett are the ])roud parents of two intelligent and ac- 
complished daugliter-- and aie manly son. the oulest of the number being 
Mai-y E.. whose liirth occurred on th.e I2th day of December. 1885. After 
graduating from the common schools, she entered the Ohio College of Music 
and Oratory at Cincinnati, from which she was graduated with an honoralile 
record as a musician and clocuti' aii.-t. Miss r.a>-^ett ha-- a high reputation in 
both these accomplishments and nf w holds the po.^itiou of ir.struct.a" in the 
Young Ladies' College of Music ami Elocution at I'ranklin. Kentucky. Mar- 
garet E.. born Seiitcmber 17. 1887. recei\'ed a high scln ol education at ^^-lrri — 
town., and in 1908 was graduated from the Central Xormal College at Danxiile. 
with the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts : meantime she 
taught very successfully in the district schools, and since fiin'shing iter course in 
the above institution has devoted her attention ti,> educational wi-rk in 
county. A A'oung lady of fine mind and sujierior intellectual attain.ments. she 
lias already achie\-ed a creditable reputation in her cluisen fiel>l of endeavi^r. 
and bids fair to rise to still higher achievemen.ts and becrmie one of the ac- 
complished and brilliant teachers of the state. 

Jame> X. Bassett. the youngest of the family, was born Eebruary 19. 
1802. ai;d. like his si^^er^. takes kinilly to bu' ks anil study, being a student 
of the ^b^rristown high school anil in the third year of the course. Mr. and 
Mrs. Bassett have taken great interest in their ciiildren and have spared neither 
pains n\ir expense in prrividing for their training. Their efrorts 
liave been heartilv api)reciated as th.e a.bovc records atte.-t, and the satisfaction 
of knowing that the children liave co-0])eratcd in bringing about results S'l 
commendable is greater b\- far than if unbounded material wealth ha<l been 
placed at their disposal. The family occupies a prominent position in the 
best social circles of the c ;mmunity. 

While Mr. Bas-ett ha< not pur-ued the art of money getting, he has Ijy 
no me.-.n- under-estimateii the value of U'.attrial wealth as a n.icans to l;f)nor- 
able ends, and the keen interest h.e has ever taken in the welfare 01 those de- 



I)en(!eiU u\h<n him as will a- l'.;^ eff. >rts to i)V( ilic c. .mm. .n weal ,<{ h\^ 
lell.iw men iiulicaio the lii.-li iiieal^ aii<l n. .lik- ].iir]).-e> he lias c\er had in 
\ie\v. iKiiwith.-iaiKhn-- which he h.a- rot heen unmin.lful < f th'.H- things which 
make i(ir i.li_\>ical ciHiii'-n ami advancement a> the a.iiiple f..nune. cnnserva- 
ti\ely e.-Limatcd in excess of fi.riy tliMusand di liars, alnindanilx attests. 

Melvin and .Margaret I Camphell ) Salla, parents (,'f Mr-^. P.assett. were 
prominent residents oi' Shelhy county, the lather I'nr many years a leadin- 
citizen, intluential politician and succe--fiil farmer of Brandywiiie town-hip. 
where he owned a tine farm of tw.i hundred and five acres, licsides valual)le 
property in Slielbyville and elsewliei-e. Both liushand and wife are dead, hut 
their memory is aftectionately cherished by a gTatcful po-teritv. who have 
ever aimed to m.aintain uiulimmed the honor of the faniilv name. Mrs. Ila.s- 
sctt was born August iS. iSfi8. and. recei\-ed a libera! education in the pubh'c 
schools and Oldenburg- ,\cademy. heiiig one of the acomplisiied Ladies . f 
Shelby county, whose Iseautiful character and m-niy admirable rjualitie- have 
made the idol of her househ ild. besides winning a warm and i.erma.nenl 
place in the affections of her many neighbors and frien<ls. 


An enter])rising t'armer of r.randyw ine townshi]), and one of the repre- 
sentative citizens .if the community in which he resides, i- Allen G. Ecssenbeck. 
a native of Slielby county. Indiana, and a son of Lewis .Vlexan-ler and E\d.ia 
(Allen) I'essenbeck. the father h.irn in Germany, the mother in Massachusett-. 
Lewis A. Fessenbeck came to the United States with his mother when 
sixteen years old. and during^ the four years ensuing lived in Xew York Citv. 
rernovingf at the exiiiration of that time to Cincinnati. Ohio, w-here he ren-iained 
until his tw-enty-fourth year. Aljout 1,^47 ..r i.'^.],'^. he came to Shelbv countv. 
Indiana, and 1.. eating- near the Ray church in Brands w ine township, engaged 
in .the mercantile business in that l.icality. conducting fir s. me vears a gen- 
eral .store and at intervals h.auhng pr.ulucts and other salable articles to Cin- 
cinnati, where he ])urchas(.r! -..'.Is. n-iaking the trip to aivl ft-.nn tha.t citv 
with a wagon drawn by a yoke of oxen and ;iie iiorse. the latter used as a 
leader of the triple team. 

After doing a fair Imsines's f m" several year^ in that localitv Mr. Fes- 
seiilieck disp. .>ed of his st. )ck :f mcrchan.ii>e and bought a firm in ni-"-'..iv- 
wine township, on which he lived ab. ut ^ix years, when Ire traded f^r the 
laiif! wdiich his s n now own.s an.d which at th;it time was hea.vilv tiinliered. 
and with few cxcei.tions vtry much as r;a;ure had created it. In due -ea-^on 
lie cleared the la.iid. mad-;- a number . f vub.-i.-uuial impr. ■vemeiU'^. arid ;is tiie 



rears went hv a.lik-d tci its value until it <>ne of llie best and nv ist 
ilesiralile farm-; in the mwuship, whieli reputation it ^ill snstan:-. 

Mr. Fesseubeck was a man of sreat indu-try. and liy well direeted efforts 
and superior nianairenient aeeumulaied a eoinfortaJIe e'-'iupeteney. l>eing- in 
eas\,-- and aiuoui;- the well-to-do citi;:ens of the township al the 
time of his death. He was a Dem^jeral in peilitics, and a leader of iiis party in 
Brandvwine township, serving one term as County Commissioner, and for 
many vears was an iutluential member of tlie Metho.!i.-,t j^otcstant ehureh. lie 
departed this life in iSSi. when a little past seventy-i'our years of age, and with 
his faithful wife and cemipanirm.. was laid to rest beneath th.e ciuiel shades ot 
the old Center eemetery. 

2\Irs. Fesseubeck was a daughter of Xathaniel .\llen. of ^fassachusetts. 
who made the long journey from that state to .Shelby county in a onediorse 
wagon, his daughter beir.g about six years old when the family arrived ;it their 
destination in the newly settled township of I'.randywine. She preceded her 
hu.sband to the grave by about eighteen nio-.uhs. being something in advance of 
seventv-one years when called to the other w.^ld. The chililreu of this 
estimable couple, six in number, were as follows: John K.. of Clark county. 
Illinois: Xathaniel. Elizabeth, Jacob. James and Allen C... all decea-^ed except 
John K. and the suldect of this sketch. 

Allen G. Fessenljeck was born near his present place of residence, in 
Brandywine township. February 26. 1S52. and grew to maturity ou the farm, 
with tiie nigged duties of which he early acquire<l a \ery practical ktiowledge. 

Shortly after engaging in agricuUure for himself, }^Ir. Fesseubeck was 
united in marriage tr, Martha A. \Veir. daughter of Samuel and Alaria Weir, of 
Brandywine i.w\n.-hip. a union terminated by the death of Mrs. Fesseubeck, 
September 20. 18S6. at the early age of twenty-eigh.t years. Later, on January 
17, 1894. he contracted a matrimonial alliance with Mrs. Fmma Ray Hasler. 
who was born in SheH>y c -umy on the 11 ih day of November. 1865, the 
daughter of \\'illiam and 'l dizalieth. Ray. the former deceased, the latter li\ing 
in Shelljyville. Mr. and Mrs. Fe.^^enlieck have or.e child, a daughter, by the 
name of Orpha Glen, who was born on I'ebriiary 23. i8r/-,. and who is her 
mother's companion and assistant in managing the household. I'.y her previous 
marriage with ^fr. Hasler. ^Irs. Fesseubeck had a son. Earl, whose birth 
occurrc^d March 9. 1880, and who departed this life October 15. 1908. 

Mr. !-\-ssenbeck ha^ devoted his life t > agricultural pur-^uits. with the result 
that he is now well situated, as far as material wealth is concerned. o\ming a 
finelv improved farm, and in addition thereto a sufficient amount of tins world s 
g-oods to enable him to enjoy life and ha\-e no concern for the future. A Dem- 
ocrat in politics and a firm believer in the principle^ of his party, he has never 
sought nor desired public honors, a'though well litted by nature and trainir.g 
to rill anv .nhce within the p.nver r,f hi^ fellow citizen.-^ to confer upon him. He 

CH \r)\vICK'^ in.^TiiRv or sHF.r.nv co., ixu. 533 

has an aliidiiig faith in revealed iehc;ion, ami has ior many years lieen onv 
nccled with the Methodist I'nnestant church, and a nieniher of the board oi 
trustees of the coiigre^ation to wliieh he aiul his wife belong-. 

HARRY Ll-:OXARD G(X)1)\\"1X. 

The insurance business in Shelbyville has an able and enterprising repre- 
sentative in the gentleman whose name introduces this sketch. Harry L. 
Goodwin, a native of Shelby county, was born in Hendricks township, Ai^'il 
15, 186-I, lieing a son of INIartin and Elizabeth .\. (Snyder) Goodwin, the 
father also a life-long resident of this county, the lUdthcr born in the county 
of Bartholomew. ' The Goodwins came to this part of Indiana in an early 
day and were among the pioneer settlers of Hendricks township, where James 
Goodwin, the subject's grandfather, entered, at the age of nineteen, a tract of 
land which he partly cleared and iiuproved and is now in p:'Sse~sion of 
George Snyder. James Goodwin was born in Ohio, but left his native state 
when a mere vouth and spent Ihc greater part of life in Slielby county. 
Indiana, dying a number of years ago on a farm in He:ulricks township, 
which he redeemed from the wilderness. His wife. Patsy Landingham. came 
from Xorth Carolina and was a woman of estimable character. She bore her 
husband the following children: \\'i!liam, who lives in >>Iorristown : John, 
also a resident of that place; ^^lartin. father of the subject of this sketch; 
Mariah, wife of Louis Ray, of Fairland, this county; Mrs. .\manda Layton, 
(deceased) ; Celia. who married John W. Warble, and died in Shelby cotinty : 
William, vcho is living a retired life at Morristown. Mary and Eliza died in 
early life. 

?klartin Goodwin was born on January 6. 1S41, about two miles west of 
Shelbyville, grew to manhood on a farm and in due time became a man of iit- 
telligence and sound judgment. He conducted his farming operations so as to 
reap the maximum results from the labors. \\'hen a young man he married 
Elizabeth A. Snvder. who was born in Ilarthobiuew couiUy, Imliana, in the 
year 1S41. and who bore him two children, the son whose name appears at the 
head of this article, and a daughter, Hattie. now the wife of Harry A. Hage- 
man, of Shelbvville. and the mother of three children. The father of Mrs. Mar- 
tin Goodwin was a Xorth Carolinian, her mother, Magdalena Lambert, having 
been born in Pennsylvania. Her grandfather Laml)ert came to Aiuerica 
as an English soldier and deserted the army in Canada, and with the aid of a 
good horse succeeded in making his escape to the states, but not until experi- 
encing many hardships and dangers, not the least of which was the swimming 
of the St. Lawrence river, a distance of two miles, ere reaching the land of 

534 CliADW ICK S IIISTOm Ol- SUl.I.r.'i CO., IND. 

safety. The Limilieits liecaiiK- widely and fa\' .rahly kiMwii in varimis jjarls 
of the L'liiied Stale-, ^e\ eral i>i tlic laniil_\- acliie\ ini; di^tiiu-titm in pnMie life. 
Hen. Weld.m W. l.anihert. ui (^■(.InniluH. Iiidi.ana. heiiis a second cousin ..f 
tlie n-diher of tb.c >nliieci nf tlii- review. Mrs. Martin Cioodwin was tme i>f a 
faniil\ iif fiiurteeii children, seven smis and sc\en daiiL;iiters, tu'e of the furnier 
and f( iir f the latter still living, including Mrs. ("i.HKlwin, wIid resides two 
miles frnni Slielhyville. 

tiarry L. CjoVMlwin was reared tc agricullnral pursint.- and remained w ith 
his parents until twenty-six years of age on the farm, attending at 
intervals tluring his minnrity the Montg'oniery schmjl in llrandywine t'lwn-hii), 
where he made suljstaniial progress in his studies. Later he I' ok a husiness 
course in an Indianajiolis cuinmercial college, and after fanning one year for 
himself, oiiened an insurance office in Shelhyville. where he lias Iniih up a 
large and satisfactory i)atronage : his husiness is lire, life, accident anil other 
lines of insurance, comparing favorahly with that of any of his competitors in 
this part of the state. 

Afr. Goodwin's office is in the Knights of Pythias building and is one of 
the best known liusincss places in Sheih_\ville, and among his patrons are many 
of the representalixe men of the citv and county. .Since engaging in his present 
line of endea\or his advancement has been rapid and he now carries some of 
the heaviest risks on property in the city, besides doing an extensive business 
among farmers of this and other counties, to say nothing of liis success in 
writing life insurance, a de])artment in which he is without a ri\al in the 
territory to which in the main his eft'orts are confined. 

In addition to insurance Mr. Goodwin is identified with various local 
enterprises, owning a half interest in the Shclbyville Monument Company, 
which was organized in 1903. being secretary and treasurer of the company, 
and in fjfher than his official capacity c ntrihuting to its gr nvth and jiros- 
perity. lie also holds the ])osition of secretary with the ShelbyvilL- lUiilding 
and Loan Association, which was establislied March 14, 1908, and which, 
though but a little over a year old. has already done a splendid business and 
forged to the front among the leading enterprises of the kii-.d in Southern 

Mr. Goodwin l.-elirngs to the Knights of Pythias Lodge. Xo. 1J9, and the 
Uniform Rank. Xo. 139, and Lidependent Order of Odd l-'ellows. Politically 
he supports the Democratic party and while deeply interested in its success 
and familiar with the leading questions and issues of the times, lie has never 
sought publicity or official honors. His parents l.ieing members of the Lutheran 
and Metliodist churches, he was reared under rehgirms iniluence- and is now- 
identified w-ith the latter l»dy. lieing a member of West Street Methodist 
Episci pal church, and Mrs. Gooclwin is ;i memlr^r of the I"ir.>t Melhoilist I'.pis- 
cojial church of Shclbyville. 

CHADu ILK s iiisTOKv OK .>in:M;v 


Mr. riLxiilwin niarrieil Mayn:e Pnwell. a native of Sliell)y county and nic 
of the three ehil.hen <<{ Henry and Mary ]■'. ( L'oltern'an ) Powell, the fatlier 
a cabinet manufacturer of Siiellnville and (Mie iM' th.e city's m<«[ estininhle 
citizens. iNlr.^. Cioodwin was reared and educated in the city where she imw 
lives and is the mother of two children, a (l,-ui,i;lner. M.-ir\- I'., wh.o dieil in in- 
fancy, and a son by the name of Earl Maxwell, who was Ixirn on .\t!;4U-t Ji. 


In the fiiUiiwing- lines an attempt is made to set forth lirictlv an<l suc- 
cinctly the leading- facts in the career of a gentleman who has been much in 
the puljlic \'iew and whose success in twn important fields of endea\-or has 
gained for the esteem of his fell nv citizens in Shelby county and an hon- 
ored standing in the profession to which his attention is now being devoted. 
Anderville Shaw, attorney-at-law. belrngs to one of the old and well known 
families of Shelby cninly. He was biirn I'ebruary 5, iNOj-, in Ilendrick- 
township, which is al-o the tiative place ' f bis father, je^^e Shaw, whose 
birth occurred on the family homestead, in 1S40. The subject's grandparents 
moved to Shell)y county from the East in an early day and were ani'^ng the 
substantial atid well-to-do people of Hendricks township, the grandfather, 
William Shaw, an intclligcr.t and prosperous farmer, doing miich to pr<-)- 
mote the material interests of liis communiiv'. Jesse Slriw was reared 017 
the h.jme farm, and in due time became i;ne of the leading agrieultnri-ts and 
influential citizens of his township. He served two years as Township 
Trustee, eight years as Justice of the Peace and for a period of six years was 
a member of the Board of County Commissioners, besides taking an active in- 
terest in the welfare of the county in other than otiicial capacities. I'or many 
years he has been one if the leading Democrats in this part of the state, but 
In's success must be attrilnited to Ids progressive ideas as a tiller of the soil, be- 
ing at this time one I'f tb.e enterprising farmers of Hendricks township, where 
he owns a fine estate of three b.undred and forty acres of h.igbly inipro\cd 
lan<l on which are S( me of the best improvements in the country. 

Esther Cochran. \<ife of Jes>c Shaw, is alsi.> a native of Hendricks town- 
ship, wh.ere her parents settled a number of years ago. moving to this county 
from Ohio. She has borne her husbar.d nine children, seven of whom sur- 
vive, namely: Mrs. Martha Tucker, of Shelby county: William K. is mar- 
ried, and is the father of eight chiMren : Anderville, of this review : James, who 
lives on the home fami in Her.dricks township: Thomas H.. a resident of 
Sbelb_\-ville. whose wife, iVmiierly Ilattie Sti'Ughton. has presented him with 
one child: Alice, who married Cjeiirge Idiillips, a merchant in. the \illage of 

53^ ciiAUw ick's histokv 01' sin:Miv co., ind. 

Beiii^al. thi< ctnmty, and ?vlrs. riL-rtnule I.uthor. x,vli"<c liu-band is a fanner 
of iSraiuhw iiio ti)\vnslii]i. ami wlm is tlie Tni>Uii.-r of three cliililren. 

Anderville Sliaw was reared on liis father's farm ami until the age of 
twenty-one devoted the winter months to stndy in the ilistrict schools and the 
remainder of each year to labor in the fields. He remained with hi- father, 
assistin.g- with, the w n'k of tlie f:irm until attaining his majority, and then en- 
tered the Central Xinanal College at 1 )an.vil!c. 'which he attended 
during- the spring and summer terms for several years, teaching in the public 
schools in the winter time. 

^fr. Shaw was an enthusiastic teacher, and <luring the four years spent 
in the country scho.)ls there was a wide demand. f(,r hi? services from many 
districts in his own and other townshijis. At the expiration of the period in- 
dicated he to")k charge of the graded school at Smithlan.d. Hendricks town- 
.ship. where he served as principal for two years and subsetiuently accepted 
a similar position at Sang Hill, in Jackson township two years, and later at 
?iIount Auburn one year, thus spending nine years of his life as teacher. 

In the year 1893 INIr. Shaw was elected superintendent of the public 
schools of Shelby Citnity. which oftice he filled with marked ability and suc- 
cess for two terms, having lieen chosen his own successor in i^')^. After 
serving four years in this important position and introducing a number of re- 
forms and bringing the schools of his jurisdiction to a high standard of efh- 
ciency. he came to Shelijyville and entered the ofiiGe of Hi ird & Adams, where 
he pursued the study nf law until his admission to the bar. following- which he 
practiced with his preceptors for sevct-al years, remaining with them from 
1897 to 1905, inclusive. In connection with his profession he does a large 
loan, abstract and probate business, but since 1903. when he rei-noved to tlie 
K. of P. building, he has devoted his attention mo^tly to the law. in which he 
has quite an extcn.-ive clientele. During the past six years he has been at- 
torney for the }ilutual Loan and Saving- Company, of Shelbyville. which has 
a capital of one million five hundred thousand dollars, and is one of the largest 
and most prosperous enterprises of the kind in the county, not a little of its 
success being- due to the judicious counsels of the legal advi-er. 

]W alwavs pr iving faithful to the intei-ests of his clients he has l)ecn 
enabled to build up a safe and growing bu-iness uithin a compai-ativtly short 
time and forge tij a conspicuous place among the progressive professional men 
C)f the city in which he resides. 

Mr. Shaw kee])S in cl<jse touch with the leading (juestions and issues upon 
which tlie pul>lic i- at variance ami as a Dem icrat has rendered, efficient ser- 
vice to his party though not a politician in the sense of seeking oftice or aspir- 
ing to leadership. Fi-aternally he bek^ngs to the Knights of Pythias, and in 
matters religious has decided opinions, although not ideutitied with any 
church. Mrs. Shaw is a member of the Christian church. 


On January i. i8c;6. at Franklin. In-liana. \v;>s s .Innnizid the marri:ti;-e 
of Mr. Shaw and Frances E. Rose, dau-hter of Jaob and Harriett Rose, of 
Hendricks township. Slielby cnnty. and the eighth of a family of nine clril- 
dren. all but one of wliom are hvin-. Mrs. Shaw was edticalcd in the scliools 
of her native county, i.s a lady <if many amiable traits and enjoys tlie esteem 
of Iter many friends in Shelbyville. nv ving as she does in tlie best circles 
of the citv'and beinij interested in the various charities and other enterprises 
which usually engage the minds of the intellig-ent and progressive women of 
the present day. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw have one son by the name c,i Robert IL. 
who was born on the 8th day of May. 1899. 


The subject of this sketch is descended from two of the oldest and best 
known familes of Shelby county, and is herself well known and esteemed in 
the community where she lives, being a lady of reputable standing and possess- 
ing to a marked degree those qualities of mind and heart which win and retain 
permanent friendship^;. Her family name was Wharton, and her paternal 
antecedents were among the pioneers of Kentucky, in which state her granil- 
parents. William and Sarah Wharton, v/ero born, also her father. John \\'har- 
ton. William Wharton moved to Sb.elby county, Indiana, some time in the 
t^fties. and located in section 8. Sugar Creek t<.wnship, wliere he purchased 
land, developed a farm on which he and his wife spent the rest of their lives, 
both dving a number of years ago. Their family consisted of the following 
children, viz.: ^Irs. Pamielia Rush., :\Irs. Rachael Jenkins, :\rrs. Falen.a 
Stevens, John. James. Thomas, and ^ifrs. Sarah Cunn. of whom James, of 
Kansas City, and :\Irs. Gunn, of Fremont. Iowa, are the onlv survivors. 

John Wharton, the second of the above family and oldest of the sons, was 
bornlune 28. 1S24, in Kentucky, came to Indiana with his parents, and spent 
his early life in Sugar Creek township. When a young man he learned car- 
pentry, which he f.-ll-wed for a number of years at Fairlar.d. a-.d in D-nueciion 
with iiis trade also de\i.ted considerable attention to agriculture. He first mar- 
ried Virginia Odell. after whose death her sister, Elizabeth, became his wife, 
both natives of North Carolina, and daughters of Jeremiah and Elizabeth 
(Dice) Odell. who moved overland from the Old Xorth State in an early d.ay. 
and purchased a claim of eighty acres a sh< irt distance south ..f the -ite of Fair- 
land, Shelby county. Indiana, the country at the time of their arrival being v 
dense v.ilderness into which but few white men had previously penetrated. 

Mr. Odell possessed great energy- and fine business ability, and by judicious 
invesLinents ad.ded to his original purchase at intervals until he tlnally became 


the owner oi three hii;i(h-ed aere^ of tine !an.l. tlie -rciter pan of wtiich he 
cleared arid inii)roved. tleveloping it into one of the ni"-l hcauiiful farm.- in 
Sugar Creek township. Jeremiah Odell was l><>rn I'eliruary 14. 1794. and ihel 
on tlie ahove farm July 16. 1830. his wife, whose birth occurred Xovemher J5, 
1804, departing this life at the same -place in the year 1885. They were the 
parents of ch.ildren as follows: FJizahclh. .-ccond wife "f John Wharton: 
William L... Lsaac, X'irginia, first wife of J.-hn Wharton, all dccease.l. 

:\Irs. A'irginia Whartcni was born on the 5th day of March. 1830. and 
died in her twenty-third year. Her sister. Elizabeth, the second wife of John 
Wliarton, was born January 24. 1824. and closed her eyes to earthly scenes on 
February 12. 1906. her husliand dying June 28. 1856, when nearly thirty-thire 
years of age; Jr,hn and \'irginia Wharton became the parents of two childre:'.. 
Sophia, the subject of this sketch, and \'irginia. who was born February 27, 
1S53. and who married Dr. James K. Stewart, both deceased. 

Sophia Wharton was born in Fairland, Shelby county, and attended tlu 
district schools during the years of her chi!dh"od and youth, and early became 
proficient in the duties of the househ. .Id, and her mother's able and willing 
assistant in conducting the home. She grew up an intelligent young lady, with 
proper conceptions of life and its responsibilities, and on September 25, 1879. 
gave her hand in marriage to Reibert Franklin Cherry, an estimable young 
gentleman of Shelby county, and a carpenter by trade, also a painter and jxiper- 
hanger, being skilled in all three trades. 

Mr. Cherry was a .son of Robert Cherry. Esq., and one of the best know.t 
and most highly esteemed men of the community in which he resided. As 
stated above, he followed mechanical pursuits for a livelihood, and for a num- 
ber of years was noted as one of the best workmen in the county, his skill as a 
builder and proficiency and taste as a painter and decorator causing a wide and 
continuous demand for his services. 

He was a Democrat, but not a politician, and in his fraternal relations 
belonged to the Improved Order of Retl ]\Ien. having been honored from time 
to time in the local lodge with important ofi'icial positions. In matters religious 
he had strong convictions and for many years he was a member of the Baptist 
church, and his life was a practical exp'inent of the faith,, being in strict accord 
with its teachings. 

^Ir. and Mrs. Cherry's marriage was blessed with or.e child, a son named 
Thomas, whose birth occurred July 11. 1S80. and who died on the i ith day uf 
February. 1908. He married Lulu Bradley February 2. 1905 

Mr. Cherry died Decem])er 14. 1907. 

Mrs. Cherry owns a beautiful country hjme in section 16. Brandywinc 
tov.nship. a part of- the original Odell farm, and is very comfortably situated. 
She is highly esteemed by all who know her. and moves in the best social circles 
of the com.munitv. She. too. is identified with the Methodist church. 

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This representati\e farmer, who 
Sb.elbv county, was horn on the same l 
cf A])ril. 184,^. His pe. pie were 
township, his father, Jac. -b Fox. mi.^ 
the country was a wildcrnLSs in tested 
Icss wild companions, the red men. 
land which the subject of this sketcl 
cutting- the timber and burning' the log; 
by the liulians, who warmed themselves 
in any way annoyed either the pioneer 
ful and easily obtained : the llesli ( f these 
ducks, geese and other edible denizer 
agreeable addition ti.> the housewife's I; 
improving a good farm. Jacob Fox bui 
^va.s highly prized by the early settlers 
a great many hogs, which he drove t. 
nearest market place, not only i<n- live 
upon which the pioneers depended for their groceries, clothing an.d necessities. 
'Mi. Fox took a preimincnt pan in the impniveiner.t . n' tlu- country and the 
development of its resources and in <lne time I'ecame one of the best known 
and most influential citi.zens of the county. He was a zealous politician of 
the old Democratic school, took an active interest in political ar.d public affairs 
and in the immediate neighborhood was frei|ueiitly consulted on legal and 
business matters, in both of which his counsel and advice were judicious and, 
in not a few instances, prevented nuich usek-ss and expensive litigation. .\ 
North Carolinian by liirtli, he accompanied his parents to Indiana when a 
young man, ai:d spent the remainder of his life in Shelby county, dying many 
years ago on the family homestead which he redeemed fnun the wilderness. 

Jacob F. Fox and Sarah Reid were married in this county and became 
the piarents of nine chililren. of whom the subject i.f this sketch, is living, 
lue sons and three daughters having rejoined tl-.eir father and mother on the 
other side of death's mystic stream. 

John Reid F'ox spent his early years amid '.Ite stirring scenes of the pio- 
neer period and as soon as old enough to be 01 service bore his part in the 
clearing of the farm and ihe cultivating and gairiering of the crops. Owing 
to the absence of school fticilities his education was sadly neglected : neverthe- 
less, liy attending a few terms of subscript!. '■n scli."-,! in an .>'d k'g building of 
the most primitive type, he obtained a fair knovs' of the usual branches, 
which, supplemented' by a wide range fif readir.g and contact with, the world 
in after life, made him ([uite a well informed man. 


On rcacliing the aj^c wlicn must mhiiii; men beci'iiie <ell-su[)i)iirtin,q'. he 
turnctl his attcntiuii to ayricuhure. and aiier the .leath nf hi> parents ami the 
otlier nienibcrs of his family, came into possession of the homesteail. which he 
still o\\ ns. and which, untler iiis industry and judicious manTigcment. h,is lieen so 
improved that it is now regarded as one of the most productive and valuable 
farms of its area in rv[ari<_in tuwnshij). Thi> i)lace lies in section four, ar.d 
is well adapted for aj^ricalture and stock raising, in b(.M!i of which Mr. Imix 
has met witii encnuraging success, while the old house, erected about sixty- 
five years ago, has been remodeled and improved luitil it is now a substantial 
and commodious edifice, its imposing and fine old-fashioned appearance sug- 
gesting ideas of comfort and rest foreign tii dwellings of a more modern date. 

Mr. Vox was married in 1867 to Sarah Ellen H.iwery. who was born 
March 24. 1S51. the daughter of Jacub and Sarali Howery, who moved from 
Ohio to Shelby county in pioneer times and became well known among the 
early settlers of IMarion townsliip. Tu Mr. and ]Mrs. Fox five children have 
been br)rn. all litu one living, their names being as follows: Talma C \\ho 
married Pearl Fox and resides in Shelby county; Elbert V.. a farmer of 
Marion township, whose wife, formerly Ylary Biss. has presented him with 
three children; Charles, also a married man and the father of two children, is 
a farmer by occupation, his wife having formerly been Louisa Raster; and 
Leander. likewise a man of family and a tiller of the soil, who married Grace 
Bass and is now the father of one child. 

!Mr. Fox has never taken a very active part in public affairs, lielonging 
to that large and eminently respectable class of yeomen who. by actions 
rather words, make their influence felt for good. A life-long Democrat 
and in harmony with the principles of his part}-, he has ne\'er permitted his 
quiet to be disturbed by ambition for office or leadership. Mr. and Mrs. Fox 
are members of the Christian church. 


A business man. (f excellent repute and large influence, the suliject of this 
sketch has been identified v.ith warious lines of enterprise and the high esteem 
in which he is held by the public speaks well for his standing as a citizen. 
Julius L. Shr)\vers is a native of Bartholomew county, Indiana, and dates his 
birtli from X ivcn.iber J 3. 183.V ''eing a S'-n of Adam and Susan Sh.owers. 
Adam Showers, wh.ose birth occurred in Ohi'j in the year 1829. was a son of 
Renjamirj Showers, also a native of that place and a representative of a very 
old and esteemed pioneer familw Adam came to Indiana when a hoy. and 
grew to maturity in Bartholomew ciunty. and at the breaking out cf the 

ClIAinVlCK s 

ISTCKV OF Slll'.l.r.V CO.. IN' I). 54' 

li^te.l in the I'.IcveiUli Iiuli:uia Infantry ard -ave t'lree years 

the He p:,! ticiinileJ ni several hatile> an.l nun..,- en- 

Ihe leadersliip of (".en. Lew Wallncj. was taken jinsoner at 

Civil war he 
to the cause 

£ra£j-enients. umler tiie leaaer.-inp oi v.>.n. l.^^^ ,..l,,.>^.. -....• .>...w.. , ■•-■ 

one time, but was soon paroled and on August 30. 1S64. received his du, 
charge at Harper's Ferry, \-ir-inia. He wa^ a farmer all lite and died at 
his h'onic in Barthohmiew o-untv April 2h. i8s-S. _ 

Susan H(-.Hand. wile ci Adam Showers, was a native oi North Carolina. 
and belonged to an old Moravian family of that state, several members ol 
which f^-ured in the eaiiv historv of Bartholomew county. Indiana, her uncle 
Martin Hauser. a Moravian minister, migrating" to this stale a number of 
yerr^ ago and establishing a clnirch at H.n>". of which tnwn he was the 
founder'' Thomas and Susan (Hauser) Holland, parents ot Mrs. Showers, 
spent the greater part of th.eir lives in the curnty of Bartholomew, and are 
remembered a- a most excellent and praiseworthy couple. They were 
th-- earlv residems of the vicinitv nf Hope, locating one mile north 01 that 
town where Mr. Holland impr -ved a good farm and acquired a competence. 
Thev reared a family of eight children, the youngest ot whom was Mrs. 
Sh.mcr^ and departed this life a numlier of years ago. ^Ir. Holland was a 
man of much natural geniu^ as a mechanic and could turn hr^ hand t- almost 
any craft, his skill being greatly appreciated by his neighbors wh<-. prohted 
thereby in earlv times. _ . 

-\dam and Susan Showers bad m.k children, of whom tour are bvuig, 
Thomas B in Xew Mexico: Mrs. Mary B. Shultz, Melville J., ot Oklahoma, 
and luhus L., of this review. A daughter by the name of ^Irs. Sarah L^ La- 
Mar." died some years ago. leaving four children. A son by the name ot Henry 
A., is also deceased. • • , ■ 1 

Tubus L. Showers was reared in his native county and received his edii- 
eaM.^.n in the public schor.l. and the Lniversity of Hartsville His early lite 
wa. spent on a farm and in b,. yamg imnhood he turned his attention to 
teaching which he followed with gratifying success for four years. Not car- 
ino- to devote his life to educational work he discontinued it at the expiration 
of%he peri(;d indicated ar.d became bookkeeper for John Na.ling. a grain 
dealer at Flat Rock, in whose service be continued tor tour years, resigning 
hi. portion at the end of that time f. engage m tne implement business at 
"Edir.burg ■ \fter two vears in that town he closed out his business and since 
then has been identified with various enterprises, being at this time the lead- 
in- spirit in the Homestead Building and Loan Association, ot Shelby v.I.e. one 
oAhe most successful organisations nf the kind in the ^tate. he assoetation 
wa. established in 1899 with a capital ot five hundred th.u.and dollars, which 
was afterwards increased to one million dollars, the present assets oemg three twentv-seven thousand eighty-seven dollars and eighty-one cents, and 
the bu^ness all that the most sanguine member could desire. Mr. Showers has 

54^ chahwick'.^ iiistokv ov siiklhv co., ixn. 

lietn <L'crctar\- ever since the organizatimi went inln effect ami hi liis ellicient 
and ii'-i'i-i' "> nianai;i.nient the success is laii^ely (h'.c. lie was a!s'. secretary 
of the Citi7en>' Xatiiral ('.a- and Water Gunnany. a.nd (I'.n-ir.::; the fnur years 
o{ his incunihency huih up the entcrini.-e fr^ni n -ihinL;' t" a puyini;" hasi-. ;ind 
ma !c the hn-incss priMitahle. 

Mr. SliMwcrs \^■as a nieml)er oi the sch. m! Iv-ard f .r three years, and is 
now a nieniher ,.t the Ci:y Cnmcil. wliere he has rendered vaUialile service 
to tlK nninicipahty. He is deeply interested in the pn^perity of Shelhyville. 
and takes a leading part in all uiierjiriscs with that nhject in \iew. Judging 
bv hi- past achievements and present influential standing, it is proper t'- be- 
speak for him a career of great promise and usefulness in the future. 

Mr. Showers was married April 12. i 88j. to r'annie L. Saddler, dnnghier 
of J. J. and .\no-elina ( l^Iichic) Saddler, the father a surgeon in the Civil war. 
and tiie's a muiiber oi" th.e convention which framed the [•rc'^- 
ent constitution ci Indiana. Doctor SaiUller. a native of Ind.iaiia. aita.ined ;m 
eminent reputation in his profession. He married Angcline Richie, being 
related to the distingaiishcd Huntington family of Shelby county. 

Mr. and Mrs. Showers have two children, the older of whom, Jo.sejih 
Ralph, married Letta Erant, of Sh.elby county, and ha< one s :n. Joseph Ra.l]>h. 
jr. Helen D.. th.e second in order of birth, is unmarrie.l and a sttuknt in 
I-~airn> unt Seminary in Wa-hingt m county. 

Mr. Showers is a Mason, lieing a member of Shelby Tjulge. N'o. JS. 
Ancient Free and Accepted Mas.Mis: Chapter Xo. 20. Royal .\rch Masons. 
Council Xo. 3. Royal and Select ^^a':ters: O'mmandcry Xo. 2. i\nighl> Tem- 
plar, and Chapter Xo. 73. Eastern Star, of v,hich organization his wife is a 
charter member. He is p^a^t chancel!, r in Lodge Xo. 457. Knights of Pythias. 
and also bc'ongs to t'lc M. vlern V\"oodm<:n. In. jvditics he is a Republican and 
in religion Ixlong-. with his wifL. to, the Metliodist Epi-copal church. 


All of the old timer- in Hendricks towndn']! kir.dly remember David 11. 
Slagle. universally addresse.l by his friend^ as "Dave." He was a man of 
social disposition, to everybody and in turn liked by all with uhoui 
he came in contact. He had engaged in variou- inirsuits during his long liie. 
but was best known as a miller, to which occupation h.e devoted mo-t oi h:s 
lime. He was born in Clark count.\. Ohio. Marcli 16. i>^2(,. and was the son 
of George an.d Sarah i\\'y.-at) Slagle. He married Rarbara .\. Slagle. who. 
tlKugh of the same name.' nvp.- no relatio.n. She was b,;rn eleven miles r.orth 
of Davton. Ohioi. inMont^r"i!icry county, her parents being Cbarie- and 

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Susannali (Snvder) Sla,i;lf. ilie latter a iiatiw of M.-irylaml and tlic fatiicr of 
Chiik, Ohio. After his marriaL;c in 1S51. l_)a\ii! H. S!a.i;k' came to 
Indiana, April 15. i86j. and located on a farm in Hendricks t(nvnshi]\ .Shelby 
county, near Smithland. Five years later they removed to Jackson township, 
remaiiu-d ihere several years and then went to Johnson county, where .Mr. 
Slasle h.a.l diar-e of a saw and -rist mill, .\fter tliis he op.eraied a while in 
Tacksi>n to\\n>hii), then r;m a ii\er_\' for ^e\■eral _\ear.- in Ivlinlnir,^". which 
was followed by another change to the village of .Marietta. Shelby county. 
which provetl permanent, as he was owner and coiuractor of a combined saw 
and grist mill at that place until his death. Septemlicr 12. 1S87. His family 
consisted of the following children, only four of whoiu are now living: Sarah 
Elizabeth, Susan M., Cliarles M., Keziah Belle, Luella ?[arrielt. Ida Jane, 
Lily Alberta, and Mrvv Catherine. Hattie married Charles P-eatty. had two 
children, Ralph and .Mta l^Jizabeth, and died Xovemljer 9. i8of. at Marietta. 
Luella Slagle inarrled William H. Stinc, had three children, \'erne, .\ima and 
Harlan K., and died December iS. 1007. Her daugluer. A'erne. married 
Wallace Arm-Strong, lives near bdat Kock. ami has tw.. children. Minnie 
Willetta and J .na^. S.arah E., Ke/.iah U. and Lily Slaglc all <lied during 
childhood. Susan M. married Ceorge Henderson, and resides on a fariu 
five miles west of l-'ranklin. Slie has >even children, Roy. Alice, Kate, David 
J., Edward, Charles and P.ryce Sterritt. Charles M. married Aiuia Maley. 
Mr. and Mrs. Slagle live on a farm near Smitli'andi. Ida Jane Slagle married 
\\"illiam S. Snyder, resides in Shclbyville. Mary Catherine Slaglc married 
Tillord Williams, a boiler maker cmjiloxed at the Atlas Engine Works, in 
Indianapolis. Mrs. David H. Slagle i- a' resident of Slielbyville. 

Charles M. Slagle, third of his father's nine children, was i;orn in Slielhy 
county, Ohio. July 7. 1836. As h.- grev. up he learned th.e tvadt. of ^awye^ 
under his latlier's instrucli"n and followed occuiruion for many years. 
October 23, 1.SS4, he married Anna E.. daughter of J,,hn and Helen Maley, 
who came from Gemiany and died in Jackson township, before their daughter 
was three years old. After his marriage .Mr. Slagle continued, to work as a 
sa\\\'er fcir a vear and then mi.i\"ed upon a farm of one hundred and three 
acres which he had purch.a-^ed in Her.dricks tov.ndiip. He has greatly im- 
proveil this i-'roperiv, Iniili a tine home, added all the necessary conveniences, 
* in the way of Gutbuilding^, and can 1 oast of as I'lne a farm as tlicre is in 
Hendricks township. He has always been a hard worker, has good judgment 
concerning farming matters, understands how to save and altogether has made 
a success of life. He is entirely owing little or nothing to cithers. 
but dependent upon his own efforts and ir.du.->ir\ to i)nll through. Mr. and 
[Mrs. Slagle have four chikhen : ^lay. wife of Leotto Creek, resides in .Marietta, 
while OUie, Emery and Kicliard remain at home with their parents. The 
latter are devotcfi m.iiibjr- of ihe .Methodist Protestant church at Marietta 



and at ditlVrent times f.>r many years Mv. Sla-le !ia< licen sniierintenilenl of 
the Sundav scliool, acting also as trustee, lie is a nieniber of the Knights oi 
Pythias. Chillon L.Ml-e. Xn, 12\). at Shelhyville. ami nne of the hi.^hly re- 
spccieil citizens of thi> part of llie county. 


Although a young man., the suhject of this ^kctch has a.chieved signal 
success as an electrician and scieiuist. and in reducing hi- knowleilge fi i)rac- 
tical use has conferred um small favor on the periple of the comnnunty ni 
which he lives. He is als.. interested in other seientihc pursuits, heing one of 
the large land owners ami enterprising agriculturists <'i Washington township, 
and as^'a puhlic spirited citizen takes an active part in forwarding all laudable 
measures for the material progress of the country and the intellectual and so- 
cial advancement of his fellow men. 

John Xading, the subject's father, was a native of Bartholomew county, 
Indiana, but spenTmuch of his life in the county of Slielby. where he acciuired 
a large amount of real c.-^tate and for a number of \ears he conducted a \-ery 
succe'ssful business at Flat Rock in buying and shipping grain. 

Martin :\I. Xading was born in Wa.shingion tcnvnship. July 2S. 1SS3, 
and spen.t his earlv life^n the family homestead near the village of Fkit Rock, 
attendino- the district schools at intervals in the meantime. In his youth he 
went to 'Kansas, and during the seven years spent in that state he attended 
the graded schools of Topeka. and up:m returning to Indiana took a course 
of instruction in a private institution at Shelbyville. conducted by Prof. 
Thomas Harris.Mi. diev-uing special attention to the natural science-, for which. 
he early manifested a decided taste. Later he continued his scientnic study 
and res'earch at Earlham College and after completing the special course ni 
that institution entered the Bliss Electrical Schr.olat Washington, D. C, from 
which, in due time, he was graduated with an honorable record as a close 
and critical student. . ai \- 

Returning home shortly after finishing his scientific education, Mr. Xa- 
dino- erected an electrical plant on his farm near the village of Flat Rock, tor 
the'purp"^^'-" '-'f' continuing his researches and experiments in the domain ot 
electricity, also for private use' in the lighting of his own and other homes in 
the vicinity. Since it.- completion he has doubled the capacity of the plant. 
a-id being "equipped with the late.t and most approved machinery and devices 
for irvc<tioating and experimenting in one of the most interesting and uselul 
fields of research it is now as complete an establi.shment of the kind as there 
is in thi- part ..f the state. Mr. Xading is a painstaking stu.lent and mvesti- 


gator, a genius in the line of electricity, and his labors and experiments have 
resnlted hi n. >t a tew discoveries and improvements which in tine time will 
donbtless have an important hearing on the scientific thought of the age. lie 
has already achieved much mnre than a 1-cal rcput:iti. n in electrical circle>. 
and those who have watched his career predici for hnn a pn.mi.-ing future m 
the sphere to wdiich he has devoted so much time and study. 

As stated in a" preceding paragrajili. Mr. Xadiiig has large real estate 
interests which demand a considerahle iiuiti.-n of his time, owmng live hun- 
dred and fifty acres of valuable and well imj. roved, land in \\'a>hingti mi t.twn- 
ship. to the management of which he gives his per.sonal attention and lioiii 
which he receives "a very handsome income. His farms, with other valuable 
property, represent a comfortable fortune and it is neeflless to state that he is 
in independent circumstances with a sufticieiicy of this world's goods at his 
command to enable him to carry on his favorite pur:;uit without hindrance 
and to \W» with little or no concern for the future. In v>'litic-s he is a Re- 
publican. Init being so deeply interested, in matters more immediately to his ad- 
vantage, he does lira take a very active part in pulVdc affairs though well in- 
formed on the leading que^tions and issues of the day and abreast of the 
times in all that concerns the welfare of his fellow- men. 

On the 15th of December, iqoj. Mv. Xading was united in marriage 
with Miss Reba Co,,k. daugluer of (k'orge S. Cook, of Hope. Indiana, a union 
being I.ilcsscd with one child. :^Iartin M.. Jr.. whose birth occurred February 
17 ^909. Mrs. Xading. who was reared and educated in her native town, 
is a lady of intelligence and culture and well fitted to be the wife and helpmeet 
of the man whose^name she honorably bears: she is a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church and interested in religious and charitable work. 


Philip Gcphart. a retired farmer of P.ranrlvwmc town-^hip. now living m 
the town of Fairland. is a native of ^lontgomery county. Ohio, and the si.Kth 
of eleven children in the familv of John and Julia Ann Gephart. both natives 
of Pennsvlvania. the father born in 1.^02. in Lancaster county, the mother m 
Georgetown in the vear 1800. These parents mr^ved to Ohio ,n an early day 
and were among the pioneer settlers of Montgomery c^ainty, wdicre they 
reared their famdv and spent the remainder of their lives, dying many years 
ago on the farm 'which the husband and father improved. 

Philip Gephart was born October 3. 1829. spent his early life on the 
farm and at the age of fifteen learned the shoemaker's trade, which he lollowed 
in his native state for a period of six years, during which, time he became a 



skilled workman and ccniniandcd liberal wages. On December 27, 1S51, lie 
was united in the bonds of wedlock to Judith A. Pomeroy, whose birth 
occurred in Henry county. \'irginia. .Ajiril S, 1832. ami wIk) later accomiianied 
her parents. Thomas and Judith ( rfiilTcr) PL'mci'iy. t" .Miint.i;Mmer_\- cmnuy. 
Ohio, where she grew to maturity and recei\ed her educali'MKd training in the 
country schools. ]^Irs. Gephart's father was a native ol Connecticut and oi 
French descent, her mother being of \'irginia birth, and of Knglish lineage. 

During- the se\en years following*' their mai'riage Mr. and Mrs. Gephart 
li\'ed on a farm in Montgomery county. Ohi'i. but at the e.\piratir.)n ■ 'f that 
time disposed of their interests and moved to Shelby contUx . Indiana, locating 
on the farm in sections 15 and I'i in lirandywinc township, which he still 
owns and to which he adde<l at inter\als tmtil the place now includes twi.-) 
hur^dred acres, which in producti\eness. improveiuents and all that ci.mstitutes 
a first-class farm, compare^ favora.bly will) any like area of larid in the county. 
From 1S3S to njoi Mr. I'omeroy re-ided on diis place and spared ni effM-ts 
in developing it and bringing the land to a high slate of tillage, the imjjrove- 
nients in the meantime keeping pace with the cultivation of the soil, until for 
a man of jirogressive ideas whose knowledge of agriculture and ability to 
appl_\- the same so as to secure the largest possible results, made him a master 
of Iris cr.lliiig and a \vorthy example t^ others engaged in the same lines of 

Having accunndated a (>i this world's goods to enable him lo 
discontinue manual labor and enjijy the fruits of Iiis many years of tcil and 
judicious nianagement. IMr. Gephart in 1901 turned his farm o\ cr to ether 
hands and moved to Fairland, wdiere. in a comfortable home e'|u;pped, with 
the latest modern conveniences, he is living a life of honorable retirement. 
Though fortunate as far as his farming and business interests are concerned, 
and happily situated as far as his declining years are coitcerned. ^Ir. Gephart. 
in common with the great mass of humanity, has not been exempt from trials 
and bereavements, having recently passed through the deep waters of affliction 
in the death of his faithful and (le\i ted wife, wdio bade farewell to family and 
frietids on the 5th day of January. K707. She was a must estimable woman, 
whose character was ever above repmach. f^r many years a devoted UK-njbcr 
of the Methodist Episcopal church. The children «i !\lr. and Mrs. Gephart 
were five in number, as follows: Florence, born I-"el.'ruary 18, 1S53, died 
August 17th of the same year: Agnes, born ]^Iarch 18. 1854. died on th.e J;;th 
da_\- of July, following: JuHa Ann was born February 20, 1855, married 
Jefferson Goodrich, and lives "in Fairland: she is tlie mother of two sons. 
Charles and George Goodrich: Charles T.. the fourtl-i of the family. w;i-. born 
June 21, 1857, and is a merchant of Fairland. He married Isabell Odel and is 
the father of two children. Philip and Cornelius. George, the youngest of the 
subicct's cliildren. and d.]>o a merchant at I'airland. wa,- born .\t'.gust 22. 

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1859. His first wife, wh.ise inaick-ii iianie was lilla Weaver, died after lie;u-in<;;- 
him three children. Clyde. Mamie and Ikm-y. and later lie entered the mar- 
riage relation with Molly Patterson. 

Mr. Gephart is a Democrat in ijoliiics. a Methodist in hi'- relig-ious faith 
and for many years has been active in eluirch circles, and a irn-lee in the 1. ical 
congregation. He is one of the old antl highly esteemed citizens of Brand\- 
wine township, which he has seen develoj.ed from a s])arsely settled commnnity 
to its present prosperous condition. He has oric sister. ^Irs. Su^an Burnelte. 
who makes her home with him, these two being the only survi\ors ti\ the 
family of John and Julia Gephart. 


']"he f atnder of this family name in Shell)}' cumt}- was Jrdin Xicrh. v\iin 
was born in Penn.->ylvania April u, ijq^h ami migrated to Ohio in early 
manhood. There he married Cynthia Fix on October 31, i8j2. and shortly 
after thev removed to Shelby county, Indiana, and became early pioneers of 
Hanover tuwnship. The rest of their lives were passed on a farm, the hus- 
band dying August 27, 1856. and his wife, wli > was born August 2j. 1803. 
died September 4, 1S56. Jacob Stover Xigh, son of this pioneer couple, was 
born in December, 1845, '"i*-^ ^^'^^ 1*^*'^ '^-'' f"'P^'''^ii when aljout nine years old. 
Until 1870 he made his home with a brother-in-law in \'an Pniren t'nvnship, 
when he married and engaged in farming on his own account. >day _>, 1864, 
he enlisted for the one-hundrcd-day service in Company K, One Hundred 
Thirty-second Regimeiu Indiana \'olur.teer InfaiUry. and at the er,d of bis 
time was honorably discharged. He also liolds and is natiu-ally proud of a 
certificate of discharge and thanks signed by Abraham Lincoln. October 14. 
1864. Mr. Xigh enlisted in Company V. Twenty-tu'th Regiment Indiana In- 
fantry, with which he tc/.k part in Sherman's march to the sea. and the grand 
review at Washing! .'U. After receiving hi< final discharge Mr, Xigh returned 
home and resumed farming in \'an Buren township. In U;04 he retired from 
acti\e business and purchased a. beautiful home in Fairland. where he has 
since made his resilience. He i- a member of the Grand Army of the Repulilic 
and lias attended the Xational F,r,campmcnts at Washington. Louisville and 

Januaiv 15, 1870. Mi'. Xigh. ntarried Mary F.. Wicker, wiio v.a- born 
Octoiier JO,' 1847, a!;d died September 4, 1880. Their cluldren were .a- fol- 
lows: Minnie F.. born Decen.iber 23. 1870. married Ro^coc Lir,ville. and is 
now deceased: Xannie F., b. .rn September 23. 1872. married Ira Miller, of 
Van Euren township, and ha> tluee children. Clarence, Leila and Edna: Jo- 

548 ciiadwick's histouv ok siiKLnv co., ind. 

sephinc, who was hnvu DccemlKT 17. 1S74, did Sri.tcniber 4- I'^^rS: Thomas 
A., hnrn .March 10. 1S76. (hed Oclobcr 11. K)0». married (krlrudu Miller. 
and left three children. (Irace. Minnie and Opal: \'crly M.. li.rn Septenilier 
7. 187S. married Georgia Fortner, has two children, Otis and Rulus. and lives 
on tlie I'ld hnniestead: Mary I... horn October .20. 18S0. married Fred Fin- 
ville, has three children. Lucille. Claude and M.uri-. and resides in \'an I'.urcn 
township. -March 13. i8o,v -^ti'- -"^"'.^'i ^^as married tt. Matilda A. Sleeih. a 
niemlier of one of the oldest and best known families of Shelby cmmty, and 
by this union there is one child. Ernest M.. born December 18. i8(),V 

The Sleeth family is of Irish origin, but has been identified with this 
countv for nearlv twi; hundred years. Alexander Sleeth was hnrn in New 
York'City September 24. 1719, and according to tradilim his birth occurred 
a few davs after his parents landed from Ireland. We next huar of these 
Irish immigrants as settlers of Eastern Virginia, in the vicinity of Dunfree. 
where Alexander grew to manhood, married, had a son named Jnhn. his 
wife bv death, and enlisted in the Revolutii nary war. He served six years 
in a X'irginia regiment and was discharged with the rank of ensign and re- 
turned home. Marrying again, he removed with his family across the moun- 
tains int:^ what is now West Virginia, and located in Greenbrier county. 
After a short residence in this place he crossed the Ohio and established a 
temporary home in Mad River Valley, which in turn was abandoned, and the 
migratory march was resumed further west. A final resting place was found 
in Favette county. Indiana, above Cnnnersville. where Alexander Sleeth lived 
until 'the time of his death, which occnrro.l May 14. 1820. and his remains 
were deposited in a cemetery near Waterloo. John Sleeth. who was b:jrn in 
Virginia during the last quarter of the eighteenth century, followed his father 
in all uf his western \^ anderings. In December. 1 8jo, he removed to Shelby 
countv. located in the wo...ds of IMarion t-nvnship. and spent the rest of his 
days in fighting the forests and clearing them f-r agricultural purix^ises. He 
laid out the town of Marion which occupied part of his land. He became a 
citizen of prominence and influence and served as Judge of the Pmlnte Curt 
for a number of years, and was the ancestor of numcrtius descendants wItj 
have figured conspicuon^ly in th.e making of Slielby county. John Sleeth, 
who was always patriotic like his forefather... was a member ol the mihtia 
during the ^^■ar of 181J. His wife died .March 7, 1839. aged over fifty-five 
years^and his own useful life ended in September. 1851. John Sleeth's chil- 
dren were as follows: Samuel, born Januaty 12. 1802. and died at the age ot 
twentv-twrj: P.jlly, born January 9. 1805. married Martin Snow: Rachael. 
born February 5.' 1808, married William B..!abaugh: Alvma, born April 7. 
1811. married foseph J. hn>ton : John. Jr., hnrn Xovemijer 23, f_8i4. was the 
father of Matilda A. Sleeth. who is now Mrs. Jacob Stover Xigh : Xancy. 
born March 12. 1817. married Paris C. Talbert ; Alexander, born November 

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4 1810 <lic.l in inlaiK-v. Sarah, Imvu lanuary jf,. iS_'4, niarricl Janu-< W. Martin S.. who was h. :rn Alarch i. iSjS, did in infancy, j 'hn 
Slceth. ir.. father of :^]rs. Xigh. was l>,rn in Ohio, hvcil with Ins parents nntil 
he married, tlien came t;> Shelhv countv and spent the rest of his days as a 
farmer in Union town.^hip. He served, ei-ht years as Trustee of his town- 
ship. His schooling- was limited in y nth. hut hy study and readnig m atter 
life he hccame a we'll informed man. .\ Democrat up m 1S5J. lie changed on 
the slavery question and was ever afierwar.l a RepuMican. He died m .March, 
1888. Fcbrtiarv 14. 1S39. lie married Rebecca Talhert. who died in October. 
1883. and their children were as follows: I'ernandcs. born November 22. 
1839 is now residing in Fairland: Addison, born April .29. i^A-- ''^f^ '" 
Humboldt. Kansas: Asa. born August 30. 1844. '"e-i^les in Oregon: Sarah, 
born Febniarv 18. 184^. married John Stapp. and re.-^ides at l-audand: .\nna 
M born October 22. iS;o. is al^, a resident ol Fan-land: Xancy L.. born 
October 16. i8^^. is the widow of Frederick R^ss. and lives at Fairland: Ma- 
tilda A., the youngest of the family, was born September 12. 1856. aiul .s now 
Mrs. Xigh. 


A self-made man in the broadest sense of the term and an enterprising 
cili7en whom to know is to esteem and hon-r. ^b^rgan .\nderson Robins ha.s 
acted well his part in life, and stands out clear and distinct as one ot the 
progressive Americans of his dav and generation m the community of his 
residence. ^Ir. Robins is descended from an old Welsh tamily that came to 
America in the time of the colonies and at the breaking out ot th.e W ar of ilie 
Revolution one of his ancestors entered the army and ren.lered valiant service 
for the cause of independence, rising to the rank of captain and attaining 
marked distinction on a number of bloody battle fields. Mary RoVjins. the 
subject's mother, was born in Clark county. Indiana, in 1833: her parents, 
Philemon and Pollv (Fonts) Robins, being natives of Xorth Carolina, were 
eariv settlers of that part of the Hoosier State. Philemon Robins was a tanner 
bv ocamation. After residing for a numl,er of years in Clark county, he 
n^oved to Illinois, thence to Shelbv county. Indiana, where he and his good 
wife spent the remainder of their lives, both d>ing on the family homstead in 
Marion township, where, side by side with their parents in a private cemetery, 
thev are sleeping the sleep that know-s no waking. 

' Morgan Anderson Robins was born in Shelby county. Indiana. January 
1 1 18 i6\nd spent his childhood and youth in close touch with nature on the 
home farm, receiving his educational discipline in the public schools. Reared 
to agricultural pursuits and growing to the full stature of vigorous manhood, 

550 CIIADWICK S lII<TOkV OF SlIKI.l'.V CU., I X 1). 

aniiil tlic bracing- airs of rural life, he early liccamc sclt-reliaiU ami \crv 
naturally chusc farniing- as the vocatinn host suited U> his tastes and inclina- 
tions. Since his ycnuli. thcref(_ire. he has devoted his attention to the tilling of 
the soil, and for a nuniher of years has owned a o^ood farm and a substantial 
h.onic is- sectirn 1 7.' .Ah'.iiou triwnship. a few miles fmni Shclbyville. where, 
surrnundei! by man\- L\i.lence> of his industry, thrift and excellent manage- 
ment, lie is now in cnmf >rtable circumstances with a stulicienc\- <if this 
world's goods in his possession to insure his future against achersity and 
his declining years from care. 

Mr. Robins began the struggle of life with no assistance from well-to-do 
or influential friends and he owes his advancement and present success to his 
individual exertions alfjiic. In due time lie rose superior to his early environ- 
ment to become what he has long been — one of tlie successful farmers of his 
township ami a citizen who commands the respect and esteem of hi> lell'.w men. 
In the year i8Sohe entered the marriage relation with Salice Sonien. daughter 
of Isaac Sorden. whose people were among the pioneers of Shelby county, 
the union resulting in the birth of five cliildren. three sons and two daughters, 
namely: Zc;ra. who married \A'aUer Pond, in Marion t'lwn-iiip: .Mil: -n. who 
is married and is a farmer, his wife ha\iHg formerly been Marg;iret Maple: 
William. Georg-e and Grace, the youngest members oi the family, are -till at 
home and. with their jiarents. constitute a very hai)p_\' and contented domestic 

I'olitically Mr. Robins is a pronoainced Democrat, and has renderedi 
valuable ser\-ice to his party both as an adviser in its councils and a wiirker 
with the rank and file. He is well informed on the questions and issues befe)re 
the people. Mrs. Robins and family are members of the 2iIethodist Episcopal 
church of .Shelbyville. which religious body Mr. Robins attends, though 
not formallv identitied therewith. 


The family of this name, though originally ui Ireland, came to America 
at an early day and was long settled in Kentucky. Thomas Mcl'erran. tlie 
founder, might have stood for the hero of the once pcjpular song. "He is a 
Fine Old Irish Gentleman. One o"f the Olden Kind." He emigrated in youth, 
eventually reached the South, as an a^henturous Iri-h lad. married in Ken- 
tucky, and in 1835 came to Shelby cour.ty. He located on a tract of timber 
land in Hendricks township, which had been entered by his father-in-law. and 
like many another pirmeer. bra^■ely confronted th.e task of subduing a part of 
the great western wilderness. Lucinda Hendricks, the girl he hafi selected to 


lielu liini make tlii> liard tiirlit. was l...rn and \r:\wd in Kentucky and lia.l tlu' 
true grit, incident to tlie place of lur nativity. Her I'atlier was I'eter llep.- 
dricks. an earlv pioneer of Frankkin omnty, where he Hved nut his all^'tieil 
time tuid p.issed away in the iulIne-> "f>. Th.' .Mcl'erran. het'ire his 
death, added cunsii'lerably to the original eighty acres given him hy his 
father-in-law and his holdings eventually amounted to four hundred acres of 
the rich soil of Hendricks township. His wife died Oetoher .21. 1S65. at the 
earlv age of less than ihirly-iVinr \e,irs. after hecming the niMiher .>f fnur 
children: :Marion W'.. Lew'is \V.. killed ir: the Civil war: Levi, a resident ni 
Olympia, Washington; and Caroline, wife of a Mr. Walker, who. having died 
before a year elapsed, she married William \\'ag'->ner and resides in Johnson 
county. Thomas McFerran's second wife was Kliza Gully, of Kentucky, by 
whom he liad three children : Jasper, deceased : Mary, wife of James Cutsinger, 
and Jessie, wife of John \'. Pentzer. The mother died December 3. 1907, and 
is buried i;i Forest Hill cemetery, at Shelbyville. Thomas McFerran died 
January 29, 1SS3. at the age of nearly seventy-five and was laid by the body of 
"his first wife in the Mount Gilead cemetery, near Smithland. They were 
members of the old :\Iount Gilead Baptist church, of which he was a deacon. 
In 1876 he joined the ]\iethodist Protestant church at Marietta and v.a- much 
interested in religious affairs. 

Marion W. AIcbT-rran. o'dest oi his father's children, wa.- born in Ken- 
tuckv, December 19. 1831. and was consec|uently but four ye.irs of age when 
his parents came to Shelby county. He assisted his father in the hard work 
of making a home and remained with him until the completi.jn of his tv.-enty- 
fourth year, wdien he began to form plans of his own. September 15. i.-<55. 
he married Marv Gully, who was Kirn in Kentucky. Decemlier 14. 1832. and 
wdio was a sister of his father's secon<l wife and a daughter of Willis and 
Flizabeth (Land) Gully. Willis Gully was a native of W.-d-s. who was 
brought t(_) Kentucky by his parents in childhood. After hi-- marriage he 
came to Shelby county and entered land, but in 1834 removed to Decatur 
county, wh.ere he lived until iSr,;. He then went to Hendricks county, 
returned in 1S69 to S'r.elby county for eight ye.n s. again migrated to L)ecatur 
county, and remained there until death put an end ti his wanderings. He was 
the father of twelve children: Fannie. William. Lucretia. Eliza. Xancy, '^ 
Decatur crmnty ; Thomas, of Indianapolis: Mildred, decca:^ed: Lucinda, of 
Indianapolis: Mary, Amanda, of !',. .me county: John, of SliLlbyville. and 
Tames, deceased. Alter his marriage Marion McFerran lived for ten years on 
"his own farm, after which lie returned to the old homestead and remained there 
until his life ended. His children are as follows: Jasper X., deceased, married 
Olive Smith, who now resides in Oklahonn: Lillie, wife of Leatidtr Creek, of 
Plendrick:^ tov.nship, n ur children: Otto, wli > married May Slagle: Alta, 
wife of Jacob Conway, of Marietta; Fsta, of Shell>y cunty: Myrtie. wife 


of James Siiapp : J. 1). McFerran. third chiM <.\ .Marion, mairic.l I'IimcIk- I'ilo. 
resitles in Lafaxetlt.-. Indiana, ami has two cliilihcn. Mauck' ami Joe: ! .atn-a 
McFerran, fourth child ni Marion, married W. Pile, resides at Marietta 
and has seven children; Mary, wife of Charles Sh.eftler; Erva married P.urnice 
Glover; Harry married Katie Henderson: Carl, deceased; Richard. E.stie and 
Lola. Elizabeth A. McFerran. young-est child of Marion, married Levant 
Strahl, of Brown county, and has four children: Flva Lorena. Harrv Elrnv. 
Adah ^Larie and Warren Edward, Mr. Strahl died Mav 26, 1905. in the 
flower of his yf'ung- manhood, and was sincerely lamented, as everybody called 
him a nice yottng- man. He was universally respected and gave promise of 
much usefulness, had his life been spared. He was only thirty-seven years 
old when called away and a large concourse of mourners appeared at his 
grave, when he was laid away in the ^liller cemetery. ^[ari..n Mch'erran was 
a member of the Bai)tisi church, in which he held the ])usiti..n of clerk. Xo 
citizen of Hendricks townshi]) was held in higher esteem, and it is doubtful 
if he had an enemy in tb.e world. Since his death his wife has lived with her 
daughter. Mrs. Strahl. w h.o owns one hundred and eighty acres of tine farming 
land, which she manages lierself. Mr. McFerran didl Mav 10. 1904, and is 
buried in the ?kliller cemetery. His wife is a member of the Baptist church. 
a friend of all moral causes and a tine type of the best class of farmers' wives, 
who did yeoman service in rescuing the county from its rough state, covered 
■with brush and swamps, and placing it in the first rank, as a ni'idel of agrictd- 
tural development and advancement. 


When John B. Conover, grandfather of the gentleman whri_-.e name heads 
this review, left Xew Jersey, hi^ nati\x- state, and settled on Blue ri\er in what 
is now Shelby county. Indiana, in aljout 1815. he found a b.jundless wilder- 
ness, m many places ab(.junding in marshes and infested with savages and 
ferocious wild beasts, but being a man of strong heart and limb he feared, 
neither and, entering land from the government, set about to make a home 
Vvdiere lie sj^cnt the remainder of his days. dcveLjping a gin>d farn.i by much 
toil and hardship. Here his children, fnur Inns and one girl, grew up. all nnw 
deceased. John B. Conover. the father cf the subject of this review, was 
born and reared in Shelb}- county, and here he married Roanna Hawkins, 
immediately afterwards mo\-ing to county, this state, where he 
secured a farm on which he lived until about ten years pri^.r to Iii~ death, when 
he moved back to Shelbx' count}", ^\here he died. He was a suecessful farmer 
and a man. of influence in his c( immunity. Hiv familv c. insisted nf eight chil- 

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drcii. namely: Jnlm S.. Kliza. Sarali. William. .Ma--ie, Malilda. Samuel R.. 
Albert L. Of ihis numl.ier three skirls and two In ■)> are now livin;^'. Sanuici 
B. Conover. the sexenth child in order of birth in this family, wa.-^ Kmi in 
Hamilton ci"iunty. Indiana. (October »). 1854. He was reared on the home farm. 
which he helped to clear, ditch and improve in general. The first school he 
attended was in an uld L py; cabin. e(|iripped with an old-fashioned tire place; 
the education he thus received was si'mewhat limited, but he has become a 
well read man in later years. He renKiined at home until he was twenty-one 
years old. after which he worked on the farm b_\ the day and month. 

Mr. Conover was married to Ella Wilson and two children were born to 
this union, Claude E.. born February 26, 1SS5, married Hazel Wertz ; Claressa 
Cecil, born September 17, 1887. Mrs. Cf'Uovcr is deceased. Mr. Conover married Mrs. Charlotte (Eberhart) Hill, who wa> b.jrn in J.acksou 
township, Shelbv county. December _'<;, 1863, daughter of .\ndrew J. Eber- 
hart. and three children were born U> this union, namely : Edna I-"., Ij<irn 
January i. 1893; Elva. born May 5. 1897; Marie, born July 13. 1900. By 
her former marriage INlrs. Samuel B. Conover became the uT'ither of two 
sons. Walter F. and Marvin j. Hill. The latter marriedi Couchron. of 
Flat and the> reside in Chicaoo. Walter F. Hill ma.rried Mamie Xail. 
who became the mother of one son. Ralph. The mother died in 1903. Air, 
Conover is devoted to his family and always looks well to their interests. He 
has a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres in section 2. range 6. east. It 
is under a high state of improvement and he h;is a good, dwelling and barns. 
In politics he is a Democrat : he was at one lime road supervisiir and he at 
present is a member of the Township Aib.i-^ory Board. He looks after the 
interests of his town.ship with the same care as if they were his own private 
afifairs. He is a memVier of the Christian church at Mt. Auburn, while his wife 
affiliates with the Wedeyan Methodist church. He is regarded by all whr, 
know him as one of the substantial men of Wasliington townshiii. 


The Jackson family has long been a well established one in Shelby 
county, members ^f which bear excellent rejnitations for honesty and indus- 
try wherever they have disper.sed. Ezekiel A. Jackson was born in section i. 
range 6. township 12, June 19. 1862. the sen of John atid Elizabeth ("Rode- 
hefYer) Jackson. Samuel Rodeheffer. the maternal grandfather, was born in 
Germany. Elizalieth Rodelieffei was born in Ohio, if German parentage. 
December. 1S37. and she died April 6. 1903. Jolm Jackson was born June 
30. 1832. in I-'ranklin county, Indiana, and he died in July, 1904. He was 

554 ciiAinvicK s iiistcrv <if siikli-.v co., inp. 

niarricil Xnvcniljcr Ji. iS5_'. ]\v was a iiiini-tcr in the Christian churcli am! 
was a hbeial ^tillp■lnc^ of the s.-mK-. lie was al-D CLinsiilereil a proi^res-^ixe 
fanner ni liis day. ( For adihtii nal hisiny of the Jacksun family's aneesinrv 
see sketch of Thniiias W. Jacks ,n.) 

Xine children wtre burn V> Afr. and AFrs. J.ilm jack-nn. namely: Mary 
M.. wife of James M. ].ee. li\int;- in Shelby township; William J., a farmer 
in Scott county. Indiana: Shelby S.. livin,^- in .\nd.crson. Indiana: Ezekie! A., 
of this review: Sarah J., wife of John A. I'ix. ;i f;M-mer in Sett county, this 
state: Mar-aret, wife "of Cliarle^" W. Parrish. died April 7. tS,,j; I'lorence 
O.. wife of James R. P>urkhead. a farmer of Scott county: L)ti> M.. a barber 
in ]ndianaix)lis: Charles O.. of Shelbyville. 

Ezckiel Andrew Jackson, the fourth child in his fal'.ier's family, was 
reared upon the home farm in \\'ashinc;ti n township, where he received, his 
education in the district schools and where he has continued to reside. lie 
worked by the month on the farm for his fatinr until he was married to Eliza 
J. Parrish. January 23. 1SS7. She was born in Sl.elby township, this county, 
December 13, 1S57. She was the dautiliter of James I', and Eranccs 
(Clark) Parrish." William Clark, Mrs. Jacks,.n"s maternal Grandfather, was 
born in -Manche-^ier, Engiainl, X. vember Ji, iSu. ar.d lie came to Indiar.a 
in 1S17, when the Hoosier cotnmonwealth was in its infancy. In 1824 he 
located in Wasliington township, Shelby county. On December 25, 1833, he 
married ]\Iary \'an Bentliusen. He entered land until he owned two hundred 
and forty acres. William Clark died January 14. 19OJ, and his wi.low. who 
was born in Orange county, Xew- York, ?^Iarch 5, 181 5. died in iS<X). Mr. 
and ?v[rs. William Clark were the parents of seven children. 

James F. Parrish and Frances Clark were married in 1856. tliey be- 
came the parents of eiirht children, all living, Mrs. E. A. Jacksoii being- the 
oldest of the famih'. She was educated in tiie common schools. To Mr. and 
Mrs. Jackson two children have been born. Oral W. was born Julv ji. 1899, 
his birth occurring in P.randywine township, Shellw county. One died in in- 

James F. Parrish, father of Mrs. Jackson, died May 17. 1902. He was 
a farmer, a typical pioneer, clearin.g his land. Fle was a man and was 
interested in improvements. He took a great interest in raising tine ho,gs and 
cattle. He and his wife came to Shelby oumty when the land was covered 
with forest growth, and they ate. slept and lived, in a co\-ercd wagon until they 
could build a cabin. • The Parrish family was a native of Kentucky, havin.g 
come to Shelby county. Infliana. in 1823, locating in what is now Shelby town- 
ship. Mr Parrish entering land th.tre on which he lived until his death. Besides J., the f allowing children were born to Mr. and Mrs. James I". Parrish: 
J. Willard, a physician, of Shelbyville: E'lm, wife of William Cray, a farmer 
of Addison township, r.f this county: William L., a gardener living at Flat 


Rock. Iiiiliana: (leor,<;e A., a leaclicr, liviiiii' in Sliclhy ir.wiisliip. is sin-le; 
l-'rank. livinj^- in SacramenlM. Calif, rnia. is in the employ of a railnad c-iUi- 
pany: Edwin is a farmer in Sliclhy township; Kva i> the wife of I'.hner Hurst. 
of Shelbvvillc. 

After his marriage .Mr. Jackson rentea km.! f..v some time, hin.-illy. m 
April. 189S. he bought an eighty acre farm in I'.ran.lywine iown-I;ip. tins 
countv. going in debt for a part of it. He lived there until looo. when he ^old 
out and'pnrchascd one of one hundred an.l sixty-^even acres—the old Jack- 
son farm that \\a- entered fnan tlie government by the maternal grandfather 
of the subject. .Mr. Jackson is a guo.l farmer and keeps his place in go.xl 
condition, reaping excellent harvests from it year by year a> a rcMiU oi his 
good management and habits of industry. He also kcep-^ some good st^xdc 
and he has excellent buildings and latest models of farnnng machinery. He 
and his wife arc members of the Pleasant (Irovc Christian church. In politics 
Mr. fackson is a Dem -crat. 


Among the men of sterling attributes ..f character w h- have impressed 
their personalitv upon the oanmimitv ...f their re>idence and. have b,.rne their 
full share in the upbuilding and development of .^helby cou-.ty. mention imtst 
not be omitted of Alfred .Muck, who was born in Jacks^ni township, bhelby 
county, Indiana. July 3. 1854. the son of Jacob and .Mary 1 Cetter)Muck. 
the former having been born near Hagerstown. Maryland. His wite was 
born in pennsvlvania. Jacob Muck came to :Montgomery county. Oh 

day. :\Irs. Muck's pe.-.ple, who were nati 

Lancaster county. T' 

svlvania'. brought her to ^b.ntgomery county, Ohio, in her y..nth. Jacob 
Muck was a m^an of manv sterling qualities and a man of industry. Tie was 
born February 14, 1804, and he died September 7, tSSi. In his^iamily were 
ten children, 'six sons and four daughters, namely : Lewis. W ilham. ^fary. 
Helen, Jacob, Eliza, Emanuel. Lavina, George, and Alfred. 01 this review. 

The :\Iuck familv have been identified with the gr.A\th ot Shelby county 
'since the pioneer dav's. Jacob Muck having come here in 1847, spending the 
remainder of his life h.ere, becoming a prosperous farmer. He was a Demo- 
crat in politics and interested in whatever tended to the development of the 
county. He and his faithful life companion were members of the Lutheran 

.\lfred Muck was reared in Jackson township. He spent his youth 
working on his father's farm during the summer m(jnths and attended the 
district sch.-.ols through the winter. He remained under his parental roof-iree 

556 chadwick's historv oi- co., ind. 

until ilie death of Iiis fatlier. Tic and hl> hmtlicr. (".cnri^e. tlii-n worked tlic 
home place until Alfred married, in iSuj. His choice <if a life partner was 
Emma (Cutsingcr) Rinchart. widow of Adam W. Ivineharl. wli.>m slie 
married April 3. 18S9. He died Octi'bcr 19, iSijJ, and or, Septemher 16. 
1897, she married Mv. }iluck. They are the parents of two daughters. Mary 
M., born September 12. 1900. and I'lorence I.. I)orn ]-"e])ruary 2, 1908. Mrs. 
Alfred Muck was born in Hendricks township. Shelby county, this state. 
July 5, 1S67. the daughter ..f Jo^ejih W". and Mary E. (Sanders) Cutsinger. 
a ^vell known family of that cimmunit}-. 

Mr. and I\Irs. Muck are the owners of a very tine farm of three hundred 
and seventeen acres, valued at thirty-two thousand dollars. It is well culti- 
vated and highly improved. Mr. Muck is a stock raiser, usually keeping large 
nufnbers of good stock on his place. He buys and ships his own slock, and 
sometimes buys and ships to the large markets. He is reganled as a good 
judge of live stock oi all kinds, especially cattle and hogs. The Muck resi- 
dence is beautifull}- kcated and is attracti\e in many wa}'S. a place where the 
friends of Mr. and ]\Irs. ]\Iuck delight to gather, for here thev always find a 
hearty welcome. Mr. ^^luck is a staunch Democrat and his wife is a memlier 
of the Christian clutrch. 


Among the representative farmers of Shelby C(junty is the gentleman 
whose name introduces this sketch, who is the owner of a fine landed estate 
in Jackson township, and is carrying on the various departments of his en- 
terprise with that discretion and energy which are sure to find their natural 
secjuel in definite success. ha\-ing always been a hard W(_)rker. a go- id manager 
and a man of econi;niical habits, and being fortunately situateil in a thriving 
farming community, it is no wonder that he ^ta^.ds toilny in the front rank 
of agriculturists. 

William 'i". Sanders was Ijorn in Jacks :n t<.iwnship. Shelby county. In- 
diana, Octi lier 14. 1^55. the son, of Jacob ami Prudence ( Smitli) Sanders, 
both now deceased. They were pc pie of many prai>eworth\- (jualities. and 
were early settlers in Jackson township, haviiig entered land here which they 
de\eloped into an excellent It .me. Jacob Sanrlers was a native of \'irginia. 

William T. Sarider> was the eighth cliild in a family of ten children. 
He was reared :n the farm where he now resides, assisting with the work on 
the place during his boyhoo<l da\s and attending the neighboring schcols for 
a Ijrief time fluring the winter mor.ths. This fine farm of two hundred acres. 
Sanders helped to clear, ditch ami im- 
lern method^ of agriculture s > loi;g thai 

one of the best 

in the town: 


prove generally. 

He has sti 



lie has bcciiiiie quite scientific in tlie nirnKi^cnicni i t liis fields ami eruiis. vo- 
tatint: tlic latter so thai the >':>il will retain it-^ streui^ii ami th.e largest yield 
possible be obtained ffoni the various cr. p-^. lie is a .i^O'Kl jud,^;e of live stock 
and keeps various grades on his place. He ha- a comfortable and well fur- 
nished residence and good outbuildings, plenty of farming machinery, and 
everything about hi> place sh.ows that a man .f enterprise and -^oihI judg- 
ment had its nianagenKiit in hand. lie buys cattle ar.d hogs, I'eeds and sells 
them, no small jiart of In's yearly income being derived in this manner. 

Mr. Sanders was marrietl to Martha Sander^ l iic') relation i July .'.J. 
1S77. She is a native of Ji>hns..n county. Indiana, and to this union eight 
chikhen have been born, nair.cly : Delia, who has remained single and a mem- 
ber of th.e h uiie circle: Xora is the wife of Tliouias Lanahan. who lives in 
Jackson township; Callie is deceased: Lura is th.e wife of Clarence Jones and 
"they are living in Johnson county : Laura is deceased : Hazel is also deceased ; 
Gla'dvs and Prudence, both single and living at home. All these children re- 
ceived a good education, since Mr. Sanders is a belie^•er in education and 
progress in every way. In politics he is a Republican, and he is a liberal sup- 
porter nf the church financially, although not a member. His wife belongs 
to the Methodist Protestant church. ^Mr. Sanders is noted in this community 
for his integritv. promptness in his obligations and scpiare dealings with his 
fellL.w men." He is widely known in Jack.-ou township, where he has spent 
his entire life. 


The subject of this hi. graphical mem.)ir was for many years a prominent 
citizen of Pfendricks township. Shelby county. In.bana. having performed 
well his part in the development of the community in which he settled. While 
he carried on agricultural pursuits in a manner as t._> gain a comfortable coni- 
uetence for himself and family, he also belonged to that class of representa- 
tive citizens who promote the public welfare while advancing individual suc- 
cess. There were in him sterling traits whicli commanded uniform cjnhdence 
and reo-ard. and his memory is t.ulay li.-.nored by all who knew him. 

William H. H. Campbell was born in Grant cuiity. Indiana. August 7. 
1S41, and while in the zenith of his powers and in the midst of a very active 
and useful career he was ^umnlened by th.e fate that awaits u^ all to jo„i that 
choir invi>ible above. an<i he fearle-^U and trustingly laid his armor by. like 
•the go,.d man spoken of in the Holy Wnt. an.! is n^w sleeping the sieep oi 

"Wilham H. H. Campbell was the .-on ..f David and Julia .\nn ( Fitz ) 
Campbell, both natives of Ohio, but they came in an early .lay lo (.rant cam- 

55^ ciiadwick's history or SMIII.UY co., ixd. 

ty. Iiifliana. where Uicy fnniied for sc\cr;!l years aii.l liccaiiic intlnential in 
tlicir ciiiiiminity. -uli-e.n'.Lmly ni^\ing- in Slielhy ci'Uiuy. Imliana. wlu're t!;cv 
purcl'.aseil a farm. Miccessfully niana.i^iii!:;- ilic same uniil llieir dcatlis. l^a.\iil 
Campliell and wife were goid Cliristians and their cxanijile was always 
wliolesome. Ijcinq- liiiiiily respected wherever they were known. Mr. Camp- 
hell was a Repiihlican. 

The siilijeci i<i this sketch was reared. «>n a farm, where he early aci]uired 
those habits of industry which characterized his entire life. He was a studio us 
boy and received a good education in the common schools and in Franklin 
College, from which lie graduated, having made a splendid reccjrd there for 

The domestic life oi Mr. Campbell dates from January 7. i8i'S, when 
he was united in marriage with Barbara Snyder, who was born in Shelby 
cotnit_\", Indiana, the daughter of Michael and Magdalena ( L.ambert ) Snyder. 
a well knnwn family. Michael .Snyder having been a nati\t of ?\lary]and. 
coming to Ohio ten years of age with his mother, in which state he re- 
sided until he was seventeen years old. wh.en lie removed t' ludi.ana. settling 
in Bartholomew county, where he married. In 1844 he removed to Jack-^n 
township, Shelby c uiity, kicating here on a farm, where he remained, but 
moved later to Hendricks tr.wusliip and lived there until h\> death in 1000. at 
an advanced age. having been li..rn in i8im. Afrs. Cam])beirs p-itcrnal grand- 
father, John Snyder, was also a natixe of the state of Marylaii'l. 

Magdalena Lambert was born in Pennsylvania and she was called to lur 
rest in 1903. The parents of ?klr<. Campbell were first members of the Lu- 
theran church, later they allied themselves with the ^.letliodi'^t der.omi'iaii. n. 
To ^Michael Siivder and wife fifteen chihlrcn were born, tcji of whom are bv- 
in'g. namely: Daniel. Elizabeth. Ji.lin. Sarah. Barbara. George, Manda, Lu- 
cinda. Licksnn. Frank: tlic re-t "i the children died unnamed. 

. The home of Mr. and Mrs. William H. H. Campbell was blessed by the 
birth of five children, namely: lM-;mk died in infancy; Maggie is the wife of 
William Xewcomb: Charles, who is a rcr^ideiit of Hendricks township. She'liy 
cnuntv. married Audra Dritt. and this uninn has resulted, in the birth n\ two 
children.. Thelma and Odessa: George Campbell, wlio ha^ remained single, 
is living on the old lif.niestearl. operating the farm f..r lii> 111. aher in a very 
successful manner: Dora is the wife of Andrew Lynipus. a.nd tiiey arc living 
in Shelbv couiitv. 

Mrs. Campiiell. widr.w of the suliject. has spent her entire life within t!ie 
borders : f Shelbv c untv. and -^lic i> iustly pr md of the fact that -^lie is a de- 
sce:idant of nne of the <'.ld iii..,ieer faniihe- ..f this regiun. Sb.e has rendered 
much aid in liringin- the old farm '-n which she still resides up to its present 
hio-h state of improvement. ni:iking it rank widi Shelby county's attractive 
famis. She is a member of the Methodi.^t Episcopal church and of the Aid 
Societv of the same, being highly re,~pectcd in the congregation. 


Mr. Campbell is remcniliercd as a man of iho most cxemjilary liabits. a 
kind liusband. indulgent father and admirable neighbor, conseciucntly he was 
respected and lo\ed. l)v all. While he was nut a momber of any church he be- 
lieved in the jirinciplts of Christianity and wa- truly a go. d man. his life be- 
ing emin.einly wurthy of imitati. n in m.niy re^lleL■t^. 


The Scott family has certainly borne its just part in the development of 
Jackson township. Shelby county, Indiana, from the pioneer days, and as much 
credit is due its several members for their active part in reclaiming the land 
from the primeval forest as to any other. The grandjiarcnts of our sul>jcct 
'settled here early in the nineteenth century, and here Jonathan Scott, father 
of Robert F.. was born December 26. 1S27. The grandfather was named 
Jesse Scott, and he was born in North Carolina in 1779. He was a pioneer of 
the most pronounced type and succeeded in gaining a firm foothold in this 
localitv. His son. Jonathan, has spent nearly his entire life here, now owin"ng 
a verv valuable tract of land consisting of four hundred and seventy acres. 
]M(^st of this he has made by his own efforts, receiving only four hundred 
dollars from his father's estate. He has made considerable money raising 
cattle, sheep and hogs, in fact, all kinds of live stock. Fie is still actively 
engaged in farming. He married Orra J. Howard, a itatixe of Clark county. 
Indiana, born 3.1ay q. 1850. and to this union seven children were born, 
namely: Ida F.. wife of Wilford Hill, oi Jrihr.-r-,n county. Indiana: Charles I., 
also of Johnson county: Xancy J. is the wife of lidward Wright, of Johnson 
county; RiAert F.. of this review: Sarah L.. wife of Jolm Xewton. of Johnson 
countv. this state: Charitv E.. wife of Stephen Brockman. of Hendricks town- 
ship, Shelby county: Aha M.. wife of Willard Gibson, of Jackson township, 
this countv. Jonathan Scott is a member of the Baptist church and a 

Robert F. Scott was born in Jackson township. Shelby county. March 
29. 1876, and he was reared and educated in. his home community, having 
remained under his parental roof-tree until he was twenty-one years old. 
assisting with the work on the farm and attending the neighlxiring schools 
during the winter mor.ths. His domestic life dates from January 8. 1896. 
when he was united in marriage with Bertha Freeman, who was born in Jack- 
son township. Shellw county. September 14, 1877. and to this union two 
children have been liorn. namely: Mabel M.. Octoljer 2;^. 1900. and Howard 
J.. April 13. 1904. 

Mr. Scoit moved on the farm where he now lives while he was yet a 


young man full of vigiM" and aniliiiion. and he set to work with a will, and in 
a short time had a gM, ,d start. He imw owns ciglity acres of well iniprovc-d. 
land, which, under his ahle mana-rmeiit. lias taken front rank among the 
farms of this county, which is noted for iis si>leudid, landed e.-tates. Mr. Soil 
is an admirer of good stuck and on iiis place may always he found some ex- 
cellent breeds. He is especially iout] of good horses and .<hecp, handling large 
numbers of good sheep. He owns une-half interest in a line Percheron horse, 
and he understands the breaking and handling of horses. He has an excellent 
dwelling and good outbuildings. 

In politics Mr. Scott is a Democrat. He very ably served as trustee of 
Jackson township for a period of four years, having taken ofhce January i. 
1905. managing the affairs of the township in such a business-like manner 
that he VtOn the praise of all concerned, regardless of party affiliations. Frater- 
nally he is a member of Marietta Lodge. Xo. 467. Knights of Pythias, having 
])assed nearlv all the chairs in the same. Hie is one of the substantial and well 
known citizens of Jackson township. 


Xumhered among the prr.niinent land owners of Shelby county. Indiana. 
is Robert Anderson Dake. of section 23. 3.Ioral township, and a son of Benja- 
min Dake, whose sketch appears within these pages. Robert A. Dake was 
born in tlie township in which he lives, on January 5. 1861. and was educated 
in tlic district scIimoI^ ofMns hume county. He li\-ed at hunie until 18S5. when 
he married Martiia .\nn McCance on Ocioljcr 21. 16G-.. She was a native of 
Boone count} , Indiana, ar.d a daughter of Daviil and Ruth ( Means ) McCance. 
David McCance is deceased, survived by his widow. 

After his marriage Rol'crt A. Dake moved to his present farm of two 
hur.dre.l a'.:d. ^^,in^-ix acres. v,b,ich l.e lias subsef|uently greatly iniimned. By 
careful and busine-s-i'ke methods he has made a great success of h.i< bu-uu-ss 
and now owns one humlred acres additional land in Plancock county. Indiana. 
He is pnjminent in secret order circles and is a member of the Improved Order 
of Red Men at X\-w Palestine, and the Independent Order or Odd Fellows at 
Acton, Ind.iana. He i^ a Republican and has always assumed his share of the 
work of his party. He has farmed all his life and is known as an honest and 
conscientious citizen and an honor to his community. 

The following children were born t.. Mr. and ?>tr.. Dake: Sella Cer- 
trude. born Octohc-r 10. 1SS7: Benjamin Harrison, born April 20. 1880: 
Laura A.lnia. born December 24. 1800; John Henry, bom December 4. 1B02: 
Oiarles Oliver, born January- 12. 1895; James Edward, born December 2. 




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1S07: Hattic Ruth, born January i. 1900: Robert Anderson. Jr.. Ixirn I-\-b- 
ruary 11. 1903; Pearl (ilenn. born May -'4. 1007. All tin.' children "i" thi.s 
reniarkalile family are at home, where tlie family lives in liaiii>ines> and c in- 


One of the indur-trinus and intlucntial citizens of Jacksi.n township. 
Shelbv county, is he whose life record is here set forth, wlni is a worthy rep- 
resentative of sterling ancestors. David C. Marsh was born in }J.arih;ilonie\v 
county. Indiana, September i, 1844. the son of Jacob D. and IMary (Lee) 
Marsh. The former was born uhere a portion of Xew Ynrk City now .-tands. 
in the vcar of 1798; his father was also a native of that jjlace. The Lee fam- 
ily is one of the oldest and most famous liou^es of \'irs;-inia. Roth families 
emigrated to Ohio, where the parents of our subject were married. They 
left the BuckeYC state and came to Indiana, making the long journey on 
horseback on a road blazed through the tVirest. Mr. ]\Iarsh purchased a one- 
fourth section of land which was heavily timliered: this was sjon cleared and 
improved and here he lived the remainder of his life, becoming a ver\- pros- 
perous man for those days, one of the leading farmers of the county : on his 
farm stood excellent buildings. He was a public-spirited man. especially in- 
terested in the schools and education in general. He wa'^ a member of the 
Baptist church and a Democrat in politics, having cast his first vote for An- 
drew Jackson. His death occurred in 1892, at the remarkable age of ninety- 
four years. Li his family were ten children, namely: Jonathan. Rachael. 
John,':Mary, Jacob. William. Phrebe. David and America (twins). 

David' C." :\[arsh was reared on the farm in Eartholr.mew oiunty. work- 
ing abixit the place during the summer months, and attending the district 
school-, remaining under his parental roof-tree until he was twenty-one years 
old. When twenty years old he accepted a position with the old Jefferson- 
ville. ^Ladi5on & Indian.apolis Railroad Company, as brakeman. Llis rise was 
rapid owing to conscientious and able service and he in turn became fiiemaii 
and engineer. Retiring from the r<xid service he entered the transportation 
'department of the company where he remained, giving entire satisfaction to 
his employers, until 1896. when he came to the farm in Jackson township, 
and he has since been actively engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was pas- 
senger conductor when he left the service of the railroad company. He has 
one hundred and forty acres of excellent land which he keeps well improved 
in every re^pect. Pie is well abieast of the times in point of scientific farm- 
ing ami rotates his crops so as to gain tl>e best results. He has an attractive 



and substantial (l\ve!liii.<;-. <.;■. m.,1 Imrns and all kin<ls of niddcrn niaLdn'norv. lie 
always kee])s si me excellent sinck. 

Mr. ^ral■^ll■^ married life date,-^ Ocfber 5. iSSj. when he was 
mn'teil in the bunds of with Mrs. Cad.ierine (CntMii-er) 1 )uLkw.irth. 
She had tlnee eliildreir liv her tirsi luid)and, namely: Harry, who died at tiie 
age of twenly-une years: Samuel Duekwr.rth. and Mrs. Susie M. Kyle, of 
Mena. Arkansas. 

Mr. and Mrs. Mar.'^h are members of the I'resbyterian church at bldin- 
burg. Mr. Mai'sh being superintendent r)f the jolity Mcthi dist I'rotestant 
Sunday school. In politics he is a Democrat, and in his fraternal relations he 
belongs to Franklin Lodge. Xo. 107. Free and Accepted Masons; Chapter 
No. 65; Commandery, Xo. 23. at Franklin, and Fidelity Lodge. Xo. 42. 
Knights of Pythias, at Edinlmrg, He is a menaber of the ^L-\sonic Grand 
Lodge, and has long taken great interest in lodge w ^rk. Mr. and 3ilrs. 
Marsli are held in high e>teeni i.i_\ the ])eMple lif their commr.nity lor their hos- 
pitality, industry and affability. 


As the name implies, the Deupree family is of b'rtuch r.rigin. Joseph 
Deupree. the great-great-grandfather of the gentleman whose name appears 
above, liaving been a native of that country, a descendant of the Huguenot 
family. He tied from that country when the great massacre occurred during 
the uprising of the Catholics, having come to America and settled in Virginia. 
Thomas Deu]3ree. son of ^^'illiam Deupree and the grandfather of the subject 
of this sketch, was a Keniuckian who migrated, to Sbelliy county, Indiana, 
in a very early day. about 182 1 or 1S22. He returned to Kentucky to settle 
up his afifairs so tliat he could return here and make his future home, and on 
his way he was drowned in a ri\er. leaving a widow and six children, four 
boys and two girls: Jn^cpl'. Abrani C lidwin. Madison.-Amelia and Parlhenia. 
Abram C. Deupree. father ^f the subject of this skctcli, married Hannah 
Carter, who was born in Xew Jersey in 1S1.3. and they were the parents of 
the following children: Xathan. Tliomas J.. Arminta. who died when 
eighteen years old; Daniel C. of this re\iew :, and ^lartha. the wife of 
Thomas Durbin. Besides her and the ^ubju■t of this ^ketc:l. Xathan is the 
only living member of this family. 

Daniel C. Deupree was born in Jack=on township. Sh.elby county. Indiana. 
April 27. 1838, an.d he was reared at the I'ld Deupree homestead, receixing 
his education in. a ]■ ig sch. '(il-h,,r';e. e!iui|.])L-d with punch.con seat? an! >]■■■')". 
■with greased paper for wind'-w panes. But despite disadvantages he was 

CliAinVlCK's HISTORY l)F fllKLBV CO., IND. 563 

vcr_\- apt in arillinictic and he liucanic fairly \\cll cducaK-d. mucli nf it beinu,' 
gained hv his own applicaiitm at hi .nic. Desiring to gain a knwwledge oi tlie 
higiier branches he attended what is now known as Pkitler University at 
Indianapolis, where he made a splendid record, obtaining sufficient education 
to enable him to teach school, which iMMtessinn he followed for a period of 
ten years in the scli. i,ls of Shelby. Jnl!n^, m and I'arlliMlMniew cuuiities. Ho 
became widely knuwn as an educatrir dining tlmse _\ears and liis ser\ices were 
in great demand, fur he never failed m i)lease b<jth patron and pupil. He is 
a man of wonderful meuK^ry. and he is one of the best mathematicians, know- 
ing the text-books on this subject almost by heart. He was also ver\- apt in 
his other studies. 

Daniel C. Deupree been a successful fanner for many years, as is 
evinced by the able manner in which be manages his excellent farm uf two 
hundred acres in sections 14 and 2^,. He manages the same in such a wa}- as 
to gain the greatest results and he holds high rank among the modern farmers 
of Shelby county. He has alway^ been a lover of good stock and his place is 
kept well stocked with excellent varieties, in, fact, a large part of his ample 
competence has betn gii.ied through the handling of live stock. He has a 
substantia] and nicely furnished hume, excellent l)arns and other oiubuildings. 
all indicating the taste of a thrifty and up-to-date agriculturist and a refined 

^[r. Deupree's first marriage was with Susan Sanders on ?vlarch 4. iSC->;^. 
She was b' 'rn in jdmsiin county, this state, and in this uninn une child. 
\\'illiam E., \vas born March 2. iS6_i. He is Judge of the Circuit Cnuvt of 
Johnson and Brown counties. The friends of William E. Deupree early recog- 
nized in him a judicial ([uality and singled him out for iifficial honors, conse- 
quently he is at this writing Judge of Johnson and Brown counties, as before 
stated, which jjosition he very ably and cred.itably fills, givitig in the sime his 
best talents and discharging its duties in such a conscien.tious and skillful 
manner as to gain the good will of his constituents and all others concerned, 
for he has a well balanced judicial mind and a power of analysis in all cases, 
wliethcr criminal or civil, that renders him peculir-.rly adept in this lin.e. his 
deci--ions showing him U< be brcail-minded. technical, cautious, c .nservative 
and unerring, desiring at all time? to give t'le best there is in him to \vhate\er 
case he has in hand. He is popular with lawyers and litigants and is known 
as one of the leading jurists of this localit}-. 

Mrs. Daniel C. Deupree was called from her earthly labors. April 22. 
1866. Two vears later, in February. 186S. Daniel C. Deupree was n.iarried 
to Anna Walker, ar.d seviii children were born to this union, namely: Hai;n'th. 
a teacher in her early life, became the wife of Charles Thomas: Ella. Je>-e A.. 
John: Aran.iinta. the wife of Jolm Siainbrook : Orpha and Elijah. 

I'he^e children were given every adva:Uage possible in the way of edu- 
cation, aiirl thev are all fa.irlv well -ituated in life. 


In Iiis political views Mr. Deiiijree i< a rinn lielicvcr in the i)rincii)lc.s of 
Dcnincracy. but lie ha.s never been acti\e in tbe ranks. He i.> a nKinber of 
the Christian church at Eilinl)uri,r. b\-\v men in this locahty are belter known 
and none are hekl in higher esteem than he. for !iis career lias been iMie of 
consecutive endeavor alon-- kuulable hues and alua\> lived m ^uch a nianner 
as to gain tlie confidence and respect of his fellnws. 


On the 27th -if April. 1S53, there was born in Union town>liii). Shelby 
county. Georoe \\"asliinoton Holbrook, the son of John and Marv .\nn 
(Crown) Plc.jlbrc'ik. hnth pioneer settlers of the county. John Holbrook was 
born in Stokes county. North Carolina. July 13. 1S13. When si.xteen vears 
of age he came w itli his parents to Indiana. There were twelve children in 
the family and they located in Union township, this county, when tlic only 
roadways were blamed trails, when the domestic animal was the ox, and the 
markets for pn-duce were Lawrencel)urg and Cincinnati. Here the}' 
was reared to maturity and the members ha\-e formed a part of the county's 
substantial and progressive citizens, our subject's father having attained to a 
ripe old age, his death occurring in 1900. 

^larj' Ann Brown was born in Harrison count}-. Ohio, in kSij, and 
came to Shelby county with her parents wdien about thirteen years of age. 
Her ancestors were of Welsh descent. She was married to John lUlbrook 
in 1S36, and died in 1898. She reared a family of eight children, viz: Bar- 
bara, Robert Wesley, William Emmans, John J., Mary C. and James H.. both 
deceased; George \\'. and Eevi. 

Our subject was educated in the c mnion schools of the neighborhood, 
attending for the most part the old P.ron<on sch.ool, where the short winter 
terms limited the peri(.id for schooling to a much sh.orter lime than is offered 
to the children of the present day. He was brought up on the farm and 
learned the lessons of thrift, industry and perseverance that have characterized 
him as a man. In 1S79 he was married to Missouri Ann Hawkins, daugh- 
ter of John B. and .\my Adeline ( Linville) Hawkins. Mrs. Holbrook was 
born in this county on Jane J J. 1S5S. her parents on both sides being among 
the early settlers of the county. Her father was born in Germany and came 
to America when six years of age. After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Holbrook 
began their domestic career as farmers. Two children have been born to 
them, viz: Cora E., born January 2.1, 1880, and 'i'homas J., born July 6. 1883. 
Cora was married to Eeonard P. I'ord. and has :i family of three children, 
Gcors^e F.. Hugh ^I. and Bernice Mildred. 

CHADWICK's IUST0K\ of i^ilELBV CO.. IXD. ' 565 

Mr. Hnlbrook lias coiitimicl ,:.,'-oncr,il taniiin.q- and as a result uf his in- 
dustry and intelligent elTcirt. he has a well iniinvned farm of si.\tv acres, a 
modern and comfortable hume. and is held in high esteem In- his many friends 
and acquaintances. He and his family are members of tlie IJttle Blue River 
Bapti'^t church. Mr. Holbrook is a Democrat in politics, but has never 
sought ofiice. preferring- ratlier I', devote his thought and energy to his work 
of farming, but at th.e same time he keeps closely in t'.nich with all matters 
of public interest, and has positive convictions on the leading questions of 
the dav. 


Among the many sturdy German f;u-mers of Shclbv county who deserve 
menti<_)n in the present volume is I'hilip Kehrt. who lives in L'nion townsliip. 
on the farm where he was Ik .rn. He was the seventh in a family of nine chil- 
dren. His father. T'eter Kehrt. was born in Rheinpflatz. Germanv. .\pril 30. 
18:2. He came to America when a yoirng man. and made his w-ay to In- 
diana, locating in Shelby county. He was an industri<ais w^jrkcr. and be- 
came engaged in farming. He was able in due time to put liimself into pos- 
session of a well improved farm, and became kr.own as one eif She!b\' county"? 
thrifty settlers. He died December 26. ^Sj^. 

Anna Mary Haehl. Philip's mother, ^vas also lujrn in Germany, her birth, 
occurring February Jj. 1S17. She married Mr. Kuhn after comiing to Shel- 
by county, and lived to die age of seventy years, passing to her rest January 
6, 1887. She was the mother of the following children: Elizabeth. Con- 
rad, ^largaret and Henry, deceased: Katherine. -a-ho married 'Slv. Back- 
stead; ]Mary. deceased: Piiilip Peter. Pha-be and a younger chdd. both de- 

Ow-ing to unfortunate conditions Ph.ilip recci\-ed but a nieager education, 
the winter terms of school being short and the schooling scant. How-ever. 
he learned tlte lessons of thrift and economy at home and th.ese virtues ha\-e 
stood him in good stead 'luring liis succeeding years. 

At the age of twent}.--one lie started out ti-> make his own wa}-. and de- 
voted himself to farming, and seven }"ears later was joined in marriage to 
Mary Dewitt, this iinic:n resulting in tlie birth of the follow-ing children: 
George.- born February 16, 1883. married Adelphia Marsliall : Ella, born 
May 17. 1886; Laura, borr. January 14. 1888. ar.d married to Charles Ed- 
wards, and Clarence. Ixirn October 16. i8ijO. 

Mr. Kehrt lived for seventeen years after his marriage on the George 
Berry farm, in the sonthen part of L'nion tow-nship, but in recent years ha? 
occupied the home place. The farm is in the best condition and bears all the 


marks of caicful aii.l citiciein nrinnL;cnU'nt. Mr. Ktlirt adheres to the TX'nic 
emtio party, hut ha.s never <0UL;hi dtice. lie is a nicniber nf the C'hri-tia 
Union at Ray's Crossing-, and contributes materially to its support. He is 
man of excellent standing;- in the conmuniity. one who is recognized as a 
obli.qing- neighbor, willin- at all times to co-,,perate for the common good. 


Shclbv county was very young, in fact had scarcely been organized, 
when the first Ilrown entered her borders. Robert fh-own. a native of Xorth 
Carolina, was taken to C)hio by his parents in the early decailes of the last 
century. After he grew up he nut Catherine Cotton, also o\ Xorth Caro- 
lina, a girl al.)c;ut his own age and of just the type to make a good wife for a 
pioneer. Thev were married in Ohio in the twenties, came to Shelby county, 
wdiere thev figured among the very first settlers of the northwestern tier of 
townships. Robert Brown helped to lay off and build the original Shelby- 
ville, when its site presented the appearance of an irredeemable swan.ip. lie 
took part in blazing the trail between Shelbyville and Rnshville, through what 
would look to a '"tenderfoot" as an impenetrable forest. As prime mover in 
driving stock and hauling produce to Lawrenceburg. he became a figure of 
imp<3rtance for those days of long distance-, and po .r transportation. The 
heavy hauling was done with ox teams and it took a week or more to make 
the trip in Cincinnati, which is now covered in an hour or two. Shortly after 
Robert Brown had made his appearance, his parents followed him 
Shelby county, and tliere was quite a colony oi new arrivals along the Little 
Blue river's banks in l/nion township. It included the Browns, old and 
young, the Cottons and the Wickers, and the~e three families were the first 
who located in that part of the county. It kept them all busy as bees to do 
the hard and exhau>tive work that lasted for many years, and was a condition 
precedent to the later development which has given Shelby county such high 
rank in the agricultural world. By commanding a company of Home 
Guards. Roliert Brown acquired the title of captain and rose to a position of 
considerable prominence in the cr mmnnity. All in all he was fairly successful 
in a financial way, reared a large family successfully, and after a long and 
useful life was gathered to his fathers at the ripe old age of ninety-six. His 
wife was about eighty years old when she closed e\-es to this world, and 
she was a fine tvpe of the pioneer mother. The children of this worthy 
couple were Xancy. Mary, Elizal)eth. John W.. Jane, Catherine, Matthew 
C. and William W.. all dead Init the last named. 

William Weslev Bo-wn, onlv survivor of his father's large family, was 


l>orn in Tnion toun-hii). Shelby county. In.liana. Dccnnhcr IJ. iSj;. The 
chances for -cliMohn- in ih^.^e clays were shni. all pi. .neer hoys hein- c .ni- 
pellcd to hel]) with the farm work as scon as they were able to handle a hoe, 
or lift an axe. \\'illiam. therefore, made a full hand from his fifteenth year, 
until he c.nnp'eted the twenty-third year of his age. At this time he he-an 
to think of doin.g somcthin.Lj for liim.self. and was soon enga-ed in lainiuii^ 
on his own ace -unt. The strokes were steady and coniinu..'!-^. :iller he once 
c^ot started and he spent all of his adult life in the exactni- duties (if cultivai- 
Tng the soil. As the result of his lifetime of toil, and the cxerci>e of econ- 
omy and g-ood judgment, he finally found himself well fixed, wuh a g.iod 
farm, nicelv improved and possessing all the m.idern c.iuver.iences. A tew 
years ago. concluding diat he had done his .^hare. Mr. Ihown retu-ed trom 
active business and left to the younger generation the care ot his estate In 
1849 he married Xancv, daughter of .Moses Linvdle. who was born ni Mielliy 
OHintv in iSsi, and belonged to one ^-.f the fir>t and str<,ngx-t ot the onnty s 
early 'families. Bv this union there were five children ; W dhaiu J., the oldest. 
was' born Augttst '^,0. i8:iO. married Mi^-srairi Hume, and is a resi.lent ot Md- 
rov; Franklin, who was born Xovcmb.r .2S. 1S3J. married l^abclk \<ii an,l 
lives with his father and looks alter the farm; he has three children. Scott 
Gracie and Clifford. David E.. who was b ^rn December in. T850 marned 
Maria Fisher, and lives in Union township. 1 honias L.. who wa> bom -\o- 
veiuber :; 1861. married Letta Brilcv and died, ^ome years ago. Llecta C 
who was born lanuarv 8. 1866. married John Linville. and is a resident of 
Union township. For many years the Brown family have been nicnibers n 
the Little Blue River Baptist church in I'nion township, and two , t .\ ilham 
Wesley's sisters helped to organize it when the surrounding population ■wa> 
scant and the congregation small. Mr. Brown's wife died Augu..t 19. 1900, 
after living with him for fifty-one years. 


The Conners are one of the e.xteiisi\c and well established families, long 
identified with the growth and development of Shelby county. James J. and 
Barbara ( .McKav )^ Conner were natives i^' Jefferson county. Indiana, the 
former born in 1814. bought wild land in what is now Shdlby township, 
cleared out a farm and made a liome and in course of time ended their days 
there after long and useful live^. In early life James taught school, was 
Trustee of his township, held, a county office and was ^uite prominent in local 
affairs, being a Democrat in his political belief. The father of his wite was a 
North Carolinian of Iri.-^h descent. James J. Conner an<l witc were 

568 ciiadwick's iiistoky of shelby co., ind. 

tlie parents (if five sons. I'^anci- M.. an att'inicy at Slielhyville : llenjamin 
Franklin, of thi? review: Lewis and James D.. blacksmiths, and William Z., 
who was a lawyer at Shelljyville. There was also a foster daui;hter. Rosalie 
Sperrv. who became the wife of Jnhn Hendricks, of Sh.elby township. James 
D. Conner is deceased. He left a son named William .\.. of Hnntsville. Ala- 
bama, who also has a son named James C. 

l]enjamin F. Conner, the second child, was Ijurn in Jcffer-on cnuntv. near 
Madison. March 17, 1839, and was still a buy when his parents came to 
Shelby comity. He attended school in his neighb'irho. id and later the hiijh 
scliool at Shelbyville. besides Bryant's Business College, at Indianapolis. He 
taught school in Shelln- county for ten years, was in the mercantile and rjrain 
business at Fenn's Station for five years, in partnership with Samuel Wood- 
ruft^. but later engaged in farming. He was also a carpenter and did consider- 
able work in this line. In 1878 he was clectcrl Township Assessor, serving 
two years, was elected Cmmty Assessor, and fter\-ed for ten years, and held 
other min.or oftices. Fie was an acti\e Democrat. November 22, 186S, he 
married Rebecca E.. daughter of Stephen and Rebecca iFIurst) Washburn, 
the former of Ohio and the latter of Kentucky. Th.e paternal grand]):' rents 
were Xicholas and riiicbe (Parker) Washburn, eastern people who spent 
some years in Ohio, later came to Shelby county, Indiana, and died in Cass 
county, Indiana. Stephen Washburn went to Rush county about 1830. bought 
laud which he improved from its original wild state, but in 1858 remove;! to 
Shelby county, purchased one hundred sixty acres of land in Liberty town- 
ship and died at Waldron in 1874, his wife having preceded him to the grave 
in 1870. His first marriage was 10 Eleanor Alexander, of Ohio, by whom 
he had two sons. James, deceased, and Elihu Parker, who resides near W'::]- 
dron. Bv his marriage with Rebecca Flurst. he had eight c'lildre'.i : Landy, 
the eldest, is a resident of Indianapolis : Alfred F... deceased : Annie and Oliver 
Crigler died in Minnesota; Maggie, wife of James D. Conner, both dead: 
Rebecca E., who became ^Irs. Conner: Jennie, widow of Pascal Robinson, 
a resident of Rush county: Almzo. formerly a carpenter in Shelbyville. now 
deceased, and Addie. wife of! Cotterman. of Shelbyville. Benjamin 
F. Conner and wife had three children: Rebecca L. died at the age of ten 
months : a daughter, who died in infancy, and Claude C. The latter was a 
student at the \'alparai^o, Indiana. College, and .-tudied law with Love & 
Morrison at Shclliyville. Admitted to the bar he practiced law until his 
health failed, an.d he also did some teaching at intervals. In 1897 he ni-.r- 
ried Lnu Effie. daughter of George W. and Margaret Monroe, of X.djle 
township. Fle had two children. Rita and Frances, the latter died at the age 
of four years. The father died in 1901. 

Mrs. B. V. Conner's maternal granfljjarents were Landy and. .^arah 
(Crane) Hurst, the former of X'irginia and the latter of West X'irginia. 



Thev wc-re pioneers of Rn-h o unty. Indiana, he \k-\u'j: a ^,al)li^t minister 
and'tamier. as was his lallicr. Tlicy all endea their days in Uu>h ouinty.^ .\ 
pathetic storv is told of the losin.u^ of their six-mouth>-..ld child, their first 
babv, in KenUickv, bv Landy and Sarah (Crane) Hur>t. The father left his 
wife in the w .id's wliile he went bnxk to their people f. r lumlier with whicli 
to make a o.tnn. During- his absence the nicuher made a burial suit for the 
child out of her wedding dre.~s. Hcnjamin I-. Conner was ;.n.e of the promi- 
nent men of Shelby county, well inf^.rmed and public spirited, enterprising 
and popular. He died I-ebruary 25. 1909. and his remains were interred at 
Lewis Creek cemetery. His surviving widow still owns eighty acres of the 
old home place in Shelby township, besides the twenty acre^ on which she 
resides. She also owns eighty acres of land in Howard cctuity. f.air niiles 
south of Greentown. She "is a well preserved, intelligent woman, and enj-NS 
high regard in the circle of friends wh^' grew up ar.nmd her hu-^band dnrng 
his long and useful life. 

olim-:r jay glessxer. 

This name calls up mingled emotions in the bosoms of the older citizens, 
ref-ret over the departure of an esteemed friend and pleasure that liis memory 
is perpetuated by a worthy member of the rising generation. Shelby county 
never had a finer citizen than he who first l)ore the above appellation and his 
name revives recollections of the stirring events of the years ni which ne was 
always an active participant. The records indicate that the family originated 
in Germany, but was long settled in the state of Peimsylvania. John Gless- 
ner. who was born in iSoo. came west in 1S36. and after a short sojourn at 
Indianapolis, found a permanent home in Morgan county. Before Icavm.g 
the East he had married Elnora Gidleman. who was b..rn in Brdtimore. Mary- 
land, in 1S03. Th.ey were the parents of ten children, among them Oliver J. 
Glessner, who was b-rn at Fredricks City. Maryland. October 11. 1828. He 
was second in order ni birth and only eight years eld when his parents came 
to Indiana. He took full advantage of all the opportunities offered him as 
he grew up. These were meager as the family was large and its support re- 
quiml exacting work ai the farm, on -which they depended for a living. In 
after life, when he became pro^pernis and pixminenl. Judge Glessner loved to 
talk of those days of toil and struggle, features of which w ere occasional trips 
to Xew Orleans with tiatboats. He received a common scho ,1 etlucation. and 
in 18 ;3 began the study of law in the office cf W. R. Harrison. In the wir.ter 
of the same year he became a student in the law department of the State Lni- 
versitv and in i8;6 departed, the proud possessor of his degree as Bachelor ot 
Laws.' His first practice was in Martinsville, where he met with success and 


ro^e rapiilly t iwards tlic head ni liis profcssi' m. His merit ami iiopularit}- 
were reC(),L,Miize(l in 18(14. by his election as e'ircuit Jtult;e > f the l-".i-lith Ju- 
dicial District, a position which he filled with ability duriui^ the fuur years of 
his term. In 1S65 he had located at She!by\il!e and there he resumed ]irac- 
tice after the expiration oi his term '^1 the bench. He was une of the fore- 
most members of the Shelby camty bar. and his pr miinence in p >liiic< kcjit 
pace with his success in the law. In 1S70 he wa- elected Sfite Sen^iinr lr'.>m 
Shelb^" and Barth.oloniew counties, and si on became recognized as mie of the 
ablest ni the Democratic leaders in the State Legislature. Hi.- name was con- 
nected with much important legislation, prominent among which w ;is his lull 
to abolish the Common T'leas Court, which became a law at the session of "71 
and '-2. In 1880 he was one of the Presidential electors on the Democratic 
ticket, and canvassed the state fi-.r his party during \he memorable campaign 
of that year. After a long interval he was again sent t.) the Leg-islature in 
1890 as Representative in the House from Shelby county, and lent to the pro- 
ceedings the benefit of his ripe and mature judgment in making and revising 
of laws. Aside from politics and law Judge Glessner was active in all re- 
form movements atTcctin.g the moral, educational and industrial development 
of the County. He was an ally w irth having when hard battles were being 
made for social uplift. In i860 Judge Glessner married Louzena E. Moore, of 
Georgetown. Illin.ois. a woman of much strength of character, a high order 
of mind and unsurpassed in all the qualities that go to make a good wife and 
good UKJther. The Glessner home southwest of Shelbyville. surrounded by 
beautiful fruit gardens, was ever the abode of geituine hospitality and cor- 
dial greeting to friends. Judge Glessner died June 2. 1903. after a life of 
unusual activity and usefulness, but fortunately left descendants who have 
proven well worthy to bear his honored name. He was the father of five chil- 
dren, including two daughters and three boys. who>e names in order of birth 
thus appear in the family records: Lou .-\nn. Daniel M.. Franklin. Martha 
and his namesake. 

Oliver L Glessner. Jr.. younge-t of the chiKlren. was l.iorn at his father's 
place near Shelbyville. Indiana. October 31. 18S1. After the usual routine 
in schools of the citv he entered the Indiana L'niversity iir 1900. and remained 
two rears at that institution in the literary department, combining with this 
a course in law, which was completed in 1903. He entered his father's law 
office and under his tutelage began practice, but the partnership was soon dis- 
solved bv the death of Judge Glessner. Lie continued alone with offices in 
the Major block, and since then has enjoyed a lucrative and constantly in- 
creasing patronage. Besides general practice he makes a specialty of probate 
law, loans and mortgages and abstracts of title. Mr. Glessner is a member of 
the Masonic fraternity, including Chapter. Council and Commandery at 

chadwick's histokv of SIIKLr.V CO., IXIi. 5/1 

Shclhyville. Tie is al-<. a nienibL-r .:f the Mysiic Shrine, an l-:ik and a nicni- 
her of variou> th-eek letter fraterniiies atiaclie.l to Indiana I niver-ny. 

From his father, who was also a great reader and indefatig-ahle student, 
he inherited a fine library of law books, besides histories and the Ijest wM'ks 
in fiction an<l philosophv. Affable and acconipli<hcd. <d prcpossessnig address 
and friend-making manners, it is easy to predict a successiul luture mr th,< 
Avorthv son of a worthy sire. 



Among the old and well knnwn citizens of Slielby cnnnt> is the >ub 
of this review, a man ..f r^terling worth, wli.'se residence in lhi< part nt 
diana dates from the vear 1836. and who from that time to the present has 
hcnored his station in life. John M. Boals is a native oi Lycming coimty. 
Pennsylvania, and the seonid r.f three children, whose parents were beely 
and lane Mm-phv Bnals. the other members of their family Ix-ing tw 1 dangh- 
tcrs.'viz: Mrs. Martha T. Toner, of lulinburg. Indiana, and Mary, wile ..f 
Dr.Samttel ^IcGaughev. of Acton. Indiana. Seely Boals was a native ot 
New York and of English descent : his wife was a daughter ot John and Jane 
(Porter) Murphy, having been born in the state of Pennsylyama. ot Irish 

lohn M. Boals was born on the 15th. day of May. 1836. and was brought 
by his parents to Shelbv countv when but six months old. his grandparents, 
Mr and Mrs Murphv. 'coming at the same time, the entire family settling m 
Hendricks township, 'the sttbiecfs mother dying a short time alter their ar- 
rival Soon after this sad event, the father returned to Pennsylvania, leaving 
the motherless child to the care of Samuel and Rachael Murphy, an un.cle and 
atint who opened their home and hearts to the orpiian and gave him thesame 
love and affection a parent would have bestowed. For some reason thetather 
failed to return to Indiana, and as a result never agam set eyes on his son. 
The lad assisted his uncle with the work and fnm his infancy until attaining 
his majority contributed his share to the support of the tamdy. _ Reared .0 
agricultural pursuits he naturally chose that vocati.Mr for his lite xv;ork on 
le^avin- the roof which had so long sheltered him. He began tarmtng tor 
himseh- in Hendricks township, setttng up his domestic establislm.ent m the 
neighborhood of his home, in which undertaking he was ably assisted by the 
excellent voting ladv wh-.m he chose as his wife on March 11. 1857. ^^^'^ ''^'" 
previous [r. that time l)ore the name of Margaret E. \\ ilhams. 

Mr^ Boals nas b.,rn March 4. 1837. in Brandywine town^hqK where 
her parents. Laac and Hannah (Taylor) Williams, settled in an early day. 


the former a native if \'irL;inia. the latter of .\'e\v Jersey, and In'th of lMit;lish 
descent. The paternal i.^'ramlparents of ATrs. I'.Mals were Ilu,i..;h ami .\rteniissa 
(Craig) Williams, of \'irijinia. her maternal grandparents, julm and I-".liza- 
beth Lippincott. being- natives nf Orange county, Xew Jer.^ey. Tiie family 
c:f Isaac and Hannah Williams consisted of four sons and tliree daughters, 
John Warden, Mary E.. Richard E., 'I'homas, Caleb. Margaret E. and Sarah 
E.. all deceased but the last named, who is the wife of George Dippel and 
lives in Shell)yville. 

As already indicateil. the subject immediately after his marriage settled on 
a farm in Hendricks township, where he residerl until i86S. when he sold out 
and went to Missouri, but not being pleased with- conditions in that state, he 
relm-ned after a brief period and again took up his residence in tlie township 
of Hendricks. Two years later, in 1871. be m ived to Tii)tim county, but 
in 1873 disposed of his interests there and again returned to Shelby county. 
He located temporarily in .\d(lison township and subsei|uently. in 1874. inu'- 
chased the farm in P.randywine township on which he has since lived and 

Mr. P.oals owns a highly improved farm of seventy-eight acres in sec- 
tion 33, which he cultivates according to approved methods, being a careful 
student of agricultural science and seldom failing to reap bountiful returns 
from his land. 

In his political views Mr. Boals is a firm Democrat, always taking an 
active interest in county, district and state affairs. In religion the Methodist 
Episcopal church holds his creed, to which iKxly his wife also belonged, and 
under the influence of which his children were carefully reared and instructed. 

In common with the majority of his fellow men. Mr. ljc:als has felt the 
stern hand of suftering and berea\'emcnt, the angel of death having invaded 
his ]]ouseh"Id in December, igoi. and removed from thence its presiding 
spirit in the person of his faithful and loving wife. She bore her husband 
eight children, namely: Mary B., born December 18. 1857. married Thmias 
Finie}", an.d died S(_nte years agn: Samuel, wb.ose birth occurred Jrniuar_\- ig, 
1861. died December 3. 1863: Thomas M. was bo^rn October 11, 1863, mar- 
ried Sarah Brim, and lives in Cincinnati, where he holds the position of wheat 
inspector: Hattie. born December 3. 1866. married Lorenzii Murphy, and 
makes her home in Burlington, Iowa, their family consisting of three children. 
Benjamin C. Ruby Bell and Margaret. Alliert W'.. wh.i^^e birth occurred De- 
cember 22. 1868. lives on the home farm: he married Mary P., daughter of 
John T. and Sarah (Weaver) Porterfield. who has presented him with chil- 
dren as follows: Ophae. Leona Bell, Harold Ward, Stanley Robert and Lloyd 
Frederick: Sadie E.. the si.xth in order of birth, and t'ne wife of Charles 
Parker, first saw the light of dav on [une iGih. of the vear 1871 : Martha J., 


est of the faniilv, was b.rn l"djnnry 6. 1S75. :v.h\ ,!cp:i!-t-.'<I lliis life 
[88^ In a.Ulitinn t.. the al^-ve there ua.s ai! infant son. wli.) 

tlie young' 
on Januai _ 
died shortly after birth, without being named. 


An attornev-at-law and a repre.-entative of one of the earliest pioneer 
families of Southern Indiana is Elmer liassett. a native of the Iloosici- ^tate 
and a son of James M. and Clarinda Passat, both parents b .rn in Shelby 
countv, where" they still reside. James M. Ikis^etl. whose birth oeeurred on 
the I'^th day of April. 1840, and who is a large land owner and successful 
farmer, lives on the family homestead in Muri(-n township, which his grand- 
father, Xvmphus Bas.-at. purchased from the government "in i8jS, at one 
dollar and twenty-five cents per acre, the land at time being conservative- 
ly estimated at one hundred anil twenty-five dollars pcv acre. Sylvester 13as- 
sett. son of Xvmphus and grandfather of the subject, was born in Ohio, in 
1814. and at the age of six years was brought to Indiana by his parents, who 
settled in :vIarion township^ Shelby c -unty, as early as i8-'o. being among 
the first permanent wdiite settlers in this part of the state. The cour.try was 
wild and heavilv timbered and to clear land antl fit it for cultivation re(iuired 
hard contiinnus labor, such as the you'ig men of the present day have no. 
adequate conception. The ?3assetts cleared a number of acres m Marion 
township, the original homestead of one hundred and eighty-five acres bemg 
one of the finest^'and most valuable farms in the county. _ 

Xymphus Bassett was a man of high standing and wide inllnencc m his 
commmfitv. and for manv vears rankc.l am,>ng tb.e successful farmers and 
representative citizens of the township m which he lived. Ardently religious 
and a leading member of the Baptist church, he took an active mtcresi in 
spreading the truths of the Gospel among the settlements ot Shelby and ad- 
jacent counties and to him, more perhaps than to ar.y was due the early 
crowth and subsetiuent ailvancemcnt of the Baptist denomination m Shelby- 
viHe and various other localities. He made and donated the brick for the 
orio-inal Baptist church on East Washington street. Shelbyville, and when 
the'" college at Eranklin, the leading educational institution 01 that 
tirn in Indiana, was about to be sold for debt, he rode on horseback irom 
Shelbvville to the latter place, a >li<ance of twenty-one miles, m time t=. bid 
it ofi"'and turn it over free of incumbrance to the proper authorities, hor 
this and other meritorious acts he greatly endeared himself to his denomina- 
tion and his name is still revered in Baptist circles throughout the state as 
cue of the champions and liberal patrons of the church durmg the time ot its 


trials ami strug-Ries in ilie Midillc West. This p;. xnl man and lii< faithful 
wife lived together until an aihanced a^^e. ami when liie laltet died the hus- 
band was so overwhelmed with giiei that he determined, if pnssible. to seek 
relief in new scenes under new circumstances. .\ccMrdini;ly at the old aye of 
ninety-one years he disposed of his interests in Shelby cnunly and started 
overland fur Arkansas f.>r the puvp^se of entorint: land and beijinnini;- life 
anew, Imt died ere reaching his destination. 

When a ynung man James M. Bassett married Clarinda Xorville. daugli- 
ter of Tiiomas Xorville. who wife's family, the Hankins, were also among 
the early comers to Shelby cotmty. Robert Hankins. the father of Mrs. Xor- 
ville. migrating f n im \"irginia to this part of Indiana when there were but 
few sparse settlements u> break the nmnotMny if the dense wilderness. Susan 
Ab_:nroney, wife of Sylvester Bassett. was bnrn in Dearborn county. Indiana, 
in the year iSjo. and when quite yc mng came to Shelljy county with her 
father, James IMonroney. who tu<ik an active i>art in the" development of the 
locality in which he settled and in due time became one of the well-to-do men 
and public-spirited citizens of the community. The Eassetts and Monr'-meys 
were not only near neighbors, but became closely related liy the ties ''f mar- 
riage, three of the Bassett brothers marrying three of the MrmrMnex- si.-ters, 
and it is a fact worthy of note that each of the latter Inre a son whom they 
nan.ied James in honc:ir of their husband's father. 

lames M. Bassett, the father of our subject, reared a family of se\-en 
sons, six of w-hom survive, all being residents of Shelby county, with the e.K- 
ccption of (lie son who resides in Thorntown. Bo'ine county, Indiana. All 
were reared and educated in this county, each became prominent in bu>iness 
circles, and they are now at the head of im])iirtar,t enterprises, and among 
the substantial men in their res';ecti\'c lines I'f cnilea\-iir. 

Elmer Bassett. wIm-c name introduces this sketch, was b u-n on the fam- 
ily li.ime-tead in Marion township, J.anuary to, iSf>j. and remained with his 
parents until his eighteenth year, attending the i)ublic -clv" I> at intervals in 
the meantime. Dfcsiring to acquire an education as thnrMuuh as jji^ssible he 
entered the Shelby ville graded schools, two and a half nii!e> from his iKaiic, 
which disiance he walked twice a day t"or a peri :d of seventeen m<.nths. and 
during that time was never absent nor tardy. By diligent applicatio'.i he made 
rapid progress in his studies and in 18S5 began teaching. wT.ich he continued 
for fourteen consecutive terms, meeting with success. 

While teaching in Marion, a village of Shelby county, Indiana, Mr. Bas- 
sett on January i. 1900. was appointed clerk of the Cen-;ti< Bureau at Wash- 
ington, D. C, and shortly after cnleririg up'.-.i his ofl'icial duties in that city 
he began the study of law at the Xational Law School, wh.ich he attended 
during the evening and night sessions until completing th.e prescribed course, 
graduating with th.e degree of Bachelir of Science on May 31st of the year 


■ T c ,1, i-„t,-,- v,-ir to •^hcllivvillo. lie enu-rea the law 

of wo V ars. p.-acucing part of the tin.e. a,.! in January. 1905. .-.-ca to 
hl^ . >n office in the k. of P. buiUlin,. where he Innlt -f' ^^^^^;^^^':^^ 
tive^u<ine.. the n.eanwhile an. ,ainin, a --P'^-,^''-;} ^^^V. e ou"^ 
cessful attonu-v. of the Shelhyv,!!. bar. In um he -- ^ ;^ ,^^,:^,,,^ 

Attorney of the S.xt.enth Jttai.ia, ^ --;--';;;: ^.^^ffor:^ t„ 
ana Shelby, a.ta attr.nK 1- -rtn o . ^^ ; , ^ , :^ " ^ .^^e a nt..t ereait- 
enforce the law and mete , ut ,u>t..e to tts Niulat.n. 1 e 

able recora as Prosecutor. Since the exptrat-.n ,- ^ ^^^^'^ ,;:^ l/ ,,,,, 
practicea alone, ana. a^ alreaay statea. co.™mtta^ an exten^ne ba.n.c 

" ^°MrBi^s5tir'?.entlcntau of attractive personality --1 pWsittg a-b 

a member ol the Fu^t ^leti.o Us. J -pi 1 ^ ^ , j^ .,,„j i.^-u- 

ternal relations are with the Masmuc ana 1 >unan Mau_. 
tifiea with the Mnaern Wooamen ana Court -tHonot. 

\rr Bas.ett on September 6. 18S8. was umtea in the houn> n ed ... 
.ath Minis E^aau^hler of Davia_a,.a .X.uan.|a > H^^ -^ ^ ; y- 
„,cr a sen of ^^-illiam Fora. o.te ot the pton t^. ot ■ ' '- ; ^^^^^^^.^ „- 

nnnv vears a leaaing farmer ot Aaa.^.nt t ^n^ht^ Mr^^ _ ._^ ^^^ 

Kemucby. -; ^^ :::j'--;r ::cc:;-of^r f^n luy^f five chiU.ett. was 
:a;;:a;^i in r aS^c^;: ,.. . ....... ^^^^-^y of hi.h .ta,.bn. 

having iriany friena. in the circles m which she luoe.. 


, ,- -- fi,f. m-pnts of Vndrew William Kub.n set sail 

■ Over a halt ^^-^^^y -f^^^^;^': „ ,;\,,,e „n the American conti- 
from Germany K. mak. .1 -^ i-^ ,,^_ ,^,^,^ ^,^, ,,, ,,,,,, „i children. 

^:-J^^:. t::'Z^::L U. paints wn, l. f„una m the sbet.. . 
lacb Kuhn. one of the four brothers, elsewhere m the^e pagcj^ V u n r^ 

I Furepe has contributea t,, A-j-;: .^ l^'^:.:; hlig tul'^i.l^i^ 
than Germany. Her pe-ple arc thi m,. " ^^ - • . 

h-ivin''- luul iniu-e<l into her p 

ana America has profitea mucl 

He ;'; *: n«n, ',cd 0„ .L.e (an,,, nuen.lin, t.,e <i,..ric. sdu,.* ,„ .1. >v,m=r 

5/6 CHADWICK's history of SHELHY CO., INP. 

time, and thus received a fair coninion school education, and thi^. ci ii]>led witli 
the rigid discipline of the home, developed him into that type ><i .-iiirdy man- 
hood that characterizes so many of our German-American citizens. 

On January 23. 1S73. ^I'"- I^idni marritd Margaret Kessler. who was 
also born in Germany. June 15. 1S54, in the Province of Bavaria. In 1S7J. 
at the age of eighteen sh.e came to America al. ne. It was often the case that 
one or two meml^ers of the emigrating families would come over first in order 
to form an estimate of the life in this cour,tr_\'. and in a yeir or two otliers 
would follow. The mnher and one brother of Mrs. Kuhn came over later. 
and in due time located in Shelby county. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn have become the parents of se\en children, namely: 
Sophia was born XiAember J7. 1877. married William Kelirt. and is the of four children. Otto F., was born July 22, 1S80. and is at home 
with his parents. Harr;,- Conrad was born March 18, 18S2. and married Ed- 
na DeBunn. Their home is at Liberty, and one child has graced their union. 
John F., born September 30, 1884. married Maud Harvey; their home i- in 
Marion township, and they are the parents ot one child. Gei^rge Michael was 
born March 24, 1887. and he is still at home with his parents. Laura Anna 
Marv. born April 6. 1891. and Paul Jacob, burn February 17, 1896. are buth 
at home. 

Mr. Kuhn has devoted himself to farming and in this v.'ork he has ir.ct 
with pronounced success. He has an excellent farm with rnodern impri ve- 
ments and everv He manages to get splendid returns from his 
land, and makes every move count for good. The family belongs to the Ger- 
man Evangelical church, and Mr. Kuhn is a member in good standin.g of tiie 
Blue Ridge Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellow s. 


Moral township received many of its first settlers from Xorth Carolina. 
and the founders of some of the county's strongest families came from that 
section of the South. Ainong them is the influential and widely distributed 
family of Means. Tliomas Pinkney Means, the pioneer founder, was born 
in Rockingham county. Xorth Carolina, April 22. 1S07. Having lost his 
fatiier by death, he brought his mother to Shelby county, and entered land in 
Moral township, near Brookt;eld. being one of the ver\- first settlers of that 
region. His mother e\entually removed to Minnesota, where sh.e died a; an 
occupant of iter son Joseph's 'nouse'nold. Thomas Pinkney Means married 
Elizabeth, daughter of John Dake. developed the farm where his son now 
lives, reared a large family and became one of the most infiuential men of the 



townsliip. In the course of time he and his wife passed away on the farm to 
which they dcNuted so much bul rnd anxious tiiought. His deatli occurred May 
12, 1S84. His wife, wiio was' bcirn May 25. 1824. ched December 13, 1907. 
They had seven children; Rutli. deceased: Mary Ellen, wife of Fletcher Mc- 
Clain, boUi deceased: Francis M.. a resident of Moral town.-.hip : John Thomas; 
James William, of Moral township: Columbia, wife ijf Willis Hoop, of Sugar 
Creek township, and George \\".. deceased. 

John Thomas Means, the fourth in the foregoing list, was born in Moral 
township, Shelby county, Indiana. March 3. 1852. He was three years old 
when his parents removed to the farm where he now lives, and it has been his 
home ever since. It consists of one hundred seventy-tive acres, in a high state 
of cultivation and its soil will compare in productiveness to the best in the 
township. He has never undertaken any fancy farming, contenting himself 
with the methods usually pursued in his neighborhood, the returns from the 
farm consisting in the products from the cereal crops and stock raising. Mr. 
Cleans stands high in the community both as a farmer and a citizen, fulfilling 
all his duties as a good neighbor. 


Shelbyville has never had a finer family than the Cor\-s. They have been 
identified with Shelby county from a time running well back into die pi'ineer 
period, and have figured conspicuously in the mercantile, social, industrial 
and general life of the county. The foinider was Ale:vander Corv-. who was 
born in Preble county. Ohio, June 20. 1820, and reared by Alexander Ritten- 
house; an uncle, who for many years was prominent in business at Freeport. 
He was only seven years okl when brought to Shelby cour.ty, but under his 
uncle's tutelage developed into a merchant of broad views, unflagging indus- 
try and a sagacity that eventually made him one of the leading promoters 
of his day. An evidence of his precocity is furnished by the fact that he be- 
came his uncle's partner when only tifteen years old. He married when 
twenty-one years old and then engaged in business for himself. ha\-ing three 
hundred dollars in cash and five hundred dollars' worth of merchandise. He 
dealt in grain and live stock later in life, marketing the grain at Madison, In- 
diana, and Cincinnati, Ohio, delivering the same in wagon trains and return- 
ing home with merchandise. He also drove hogs and cattle to those points. 
He built a saw-mill and cut the lumber to build the Hanover Mills. He 
achieved success and accumulated wealth, by combined operations in mer- 
chandising and milling and dealing in real estate. It was in 1850 that he 
built the Hanover Mills, at that time the largest concern of its kind in the 



county and one of the best in the state. In 1S47 he assisted in buihling the 
Knightstown and Shelhyville Railroail, of which lie was made a director. At 
his own expense lie built a large warehouse and depot to accuuimodate public 
traffic. In 1855 he removed to Shelhyville ami purcliased the Shelby Mills. 
where he did a "large business in flour and grain, besides conducting a general 
store on the public square. In fact his enterprising spirit led him into many 
activities, both of a public and private nature, and he was a factor in the de- 
velopment both of city and county. One .if his public services never to be 
forgotten, was his interest and aid in constructing gravel roads and building 
iron bridges in the county. Shelby county's first step forward towards nrnlern 
development. He was a Democrat and served as county commissioner, when 
the county poor house was built. When he died. March 14. 1864. the feeling 
of general sorrow was attested b> a public funeral such as is seldom accorded 
a private citizen. Rev. J. J. Smythe. a prominent Presbyterian minister and 
lifedong friend, conducted his funeral. 

February 2^,. 1841, Alexander Cory married Loretto, daughter of Rev. 
Samuel Morrison, a noted ^^lethodist mini--ter of his day. She was born at 
Kingwood, Preston county. Virginia. Xovember 30, 1823. and came with her 
family to Shelby county in 1S26. Their marriage was happy, for both hus- 
band and wife were po-sessed of a distinct individuality and were above the 
average in strength of character. Their seven children all inherited more 
or less of the parental traits. Anna E.. the eldest daughter, is the widow- of 
Quincy A. Parker, of Shelhyville; Mary E.. the second daughter, married 
Samuel Parker ^\■adley. of Dubuque. Iowa: S. Frances, v.ho married \\'illiam 
S. Major, has long been one of the social lights of Shelhyville: Frank, die 
eldest son, is now a resident of Petoskey : Laura G., now Mrs. George \N . 
Stout, of Indianapolis, and Lorett;j, are the two younger sisters. 

Henry S. Cory, the fifth child, was born at Shelhyville, Indiana, Xovem- 
ber 30, 1S56, and attended school as he grew up until the completi> 'U of his 
sixteenth year. He then went on his mother's farm and continued in this lir.e 
for three years, when he began clerking in different stores of his native city. 
Meantime he kept an eye on the farm, assisted his mother in her business af- 
fairs and exercised a fraternal outlook over the w-elfare of his younger sisters. 
Finally he decided to go into the grocery business at Indianapolis, but soon 
returned to Shelhyville. For a while he held a position in the First National 
Bank, but gave this up to establish himself in the furniture business in which 
he has since been exclusively engaged. His place on South Harrison street 
has long been one of the city's business features, and Mr. Cory, by the exer- 
cise of good judgment, watchful care in selling and buying, as well as scru- 
pulous honesty in his dealings has made a success and prospered. His busi- 
ness occupies two floors, forty-fcAir by one hundred feet, employing four 
clerks and always containing a fine as^. rtmcnt of the be^t selected furniture. 


January i. 1S93. ^[r. Cory married Eleso Phillips, of Indianapolis, by 
whom he has a daug-hter. Katherine. born in December. 189^, and ncnv in 
school. Mr. Cory is a member of the Order of Ben Hur and Court of Honor, 
a gentleman of much atlability. of pleasing address and decidedly a maker 
and holder of friends. He ranks hi,gh in the Inisiness circles of Shelbyville, 
and the county has no more popular citizen. 


For more than forty-fi\-e }ears th.e name of .Sindlinger has been a house- 
hold word in Shelbyville. During all of this time it has been synonymous 
with thrift and energ}-. progress and public spirit. Philip Sindlinger. the 
founder, was the emljodiment of all those fine finalities wliich make the Ger- 
man-.A.merican such a desirable citizen. While working, of course, primarih- 
for himself, his labors redi.nnded to tlie benefit of the whole cnmmunity. and 
the industry he estalflish.ed was cue of the city's most \'aluable assets. He 
came from a family which for generations had been engaged in the meat busi- 
ness, imbibed tastes and temperament suitable for success in this line, and by 
the e.xercise of his strong mind and splentlid pliysical constitution, established 
the reputation of his house on a firm and enduring basis. Philip F. Sind- 
linger was born at Philadelpln'a. Pennsylvania. December J5. 1837. if Ger- 
man parents, who v.ere unable to do much for him in a financial v.ay. He 
started out when seventeen years of age. and drove an omnibus from Cin- 
cinnati to Sedansville. a suburb of Cincinnati. When a young man he \\ent 
to Rock Island, Illinois, and began in a small way the business of Initchering. 
It was the period of gold excitement in the West and Philip caught the 
fever and joined the crowd of expectants whose motto was "Pike's Peak or 
Bust." En route to the Eldorado, however, the ambitious gold-seeker was 
captured by the Indians and held prisoner for three months cr more, .\fter 
finally eft'ecting his release he was entirely cured of the gold fever and decided 
to settle down to the less adventurous hut safer pursuit of the dollar by the 
more orderly process of dealing in meat. It was in October. 1862, that he 
got free from the red-skins, and en May 5. 1864. lie took the step that even- 
tually led to fame and fortune. In that year he located at Shelbyville. then 
a small town of a thousand or two inhabitants, and his whole capital consisted 
of his training as a butcher and his endless capacity for work. In after life 
when prosperity had smiled upon him h.e was fonfl of telling that his first 
beef was bought on credit and the nn obtained Ijy retailing the carcass, 
the first capital to give a start. Snon. however, he was aljle to buy from 
Peter Spitzfadden the old meat slvp that stood on the site of the [jtesent 

580 CHADWICK's history of SUELEV CO., IND. 

Sinclliiiger establishment. Anotlier l)u^clla^c nf \ita! iniimrtance was three 
acres of ground northeast of the city, where his slaughter h nise ever after- 
wards stood. The confidence of the creditors of this energetic young Ger- 
man was not inis[)laced. He worked hard and l^ng, used goid judgment in 
buying as well as selling, met his obligations promptly and soon had a grow- 
ing trade an<l excelleiu credit. There was growth from the start and in ten 
years' time Mr. Sindlinger was al)le to buy real estate apart from his regular 
line of business. In 1873 he built a business block on the corner opposite and 
east from his store. Before long he hadi acquired another block at the north- 
west corner of the public square, but this being burned down in 1878. he 
erected in its stead a handsome si.\ thousand dollar structure which at that 
time was regarded as a notable addition to the city's architecture. In 1883 
he demolished all the old buildings used in the beginning of his career, and 
on the site erected the substantial brick structure in which his business was 
afterwards conducted. At the same time he built on the adjoining lot a com- 
modious brick dwelling bouse, which has since been the residence of the fam- 
ily. In 1882 hog-killing became a feature of the business, at first on a small 
scale, with the slaughter of twenty head a week, which was increased steadily 
until a long time past three hundred hogs are killed every week. Back of 
the store, occupying space to the next street is a strongly built packing house, 
with a capacity of eight thousand hogs. There are smoke-houses, where the 
bacon gets its flavor from the green hickory wood, various kinds of modern 
machinery for grinding, cutting and mixing, with e\-ery convenience and 
process known to an up-to-date slaughter and packing business. In the storage 
rooms the visitor sees meats cured or in the process of curing, pileil up like 
cord-wood, almost to the ceiling. Dressed beef hangs in tempting rows, toii 
upon ton of the best kettle rendered lard are arranged around and every- 
thing is kept so clean and inviting that the most skeptical lx)ard of health 
could find no fault with the sanitary conditions. The firm has enjoyed for 
years a widely extended market for their goods, both v.holesale and retail, 
shipments being made as far south as Memphis. In April. 1900. a fine farm 
of two hundred forty-five acres, lying just west west of Shelbvville. was pur- 
chased to be used as a feeding and fattening ground for their cattle and hogs. 
Much other property, bought from time to time, made Mr. Sindlinger one of 
the largest holders oi rental property in the city. In 189S he helped organize 
the Farmers' National Bank, of which he became a stockholder and director. 
He was also a charter member of the Shelby County Joint Slock Agricultural 
Society, whose successful annual fairs have gained state-wide fame and done 
much to stimulate the county's farming interests. Mr. Sindlinger spent the 
closing years of his life on the farm, enjoying something of a rest from a long 
and streiuious career, and his death en Fel)ruary 5. 1904, was regarded as a 
distinct loss to the business activities of Shelbvville. 


While living at R"ck Island. lUinoi?, Mr. Sindlingcr married Dora 
Saron. a native of Hamlairg. Germany, who proved to be a helpmeet of great- 
est value during the first trying years at Shelbyville. and a wise adviser 
throughout her husband's successful career. Equally inilustrious with him- 
self she stood side by side with him in all the toil and planning which were 
necessarv to bring good results. Of the five children born to them, only one 
sur\-ives' but he is a worthy son of a worthy sire. Charles P. Sindlinger was 
born at Cincinnati. Ohio. August 26. 1S63. When his father removed to 
Shelbyville he was but a babe. As he grew up he was carefully tranied in all 
the details of the business and celebrated his sixteenth birthday by killing his 
first bullock. Meantime, he had been attending the public schc^Dls and ac- 
quired all the education essential to his life work. In time he became a full 
partner in the business, showing clearly the possession of business ability of a 
high order, that his father feU satisfi'ed to leave matters practically in his 
charge. December 4. 1S04, he married Lillian, daughter of John and Louise 
M. Tchambers) Applas,' who came to Shelbyville from St. Mary's. Ohio. 
They have three children : Frederick Lewis, Har.-.ld Applas and Doris Louise. 
Mr 'sindlinger succeeded Mr. Teal as director in the Farmers' National Bank, 
and holds a%imilar position in the Homestead Building Association, and the 
Springling Association, of Shelbyville. He is a member of the Odd bellows. 
the Efks, and the Presbyterian church, and both himself and father were al- 
ways adherents of the Republican party. 


After a long and vigorous life in active farm work. Valentine Posz has 
achieved not only success as a farmer, but holds also a high place in the es- 
teem of his neighbors and friends. He was born in Bavaria, Germany, Jan- 
uar>' 15. 1830, and is the son of John Adam and Margaret (Shoemaker) 
Posz, peasant farmers in that country. John Adam Posz was born June 6. 
1800', and died in Shelbyville in 1879. He was a sturdy worker, a Democrat. 
and a good Christian gentleman, public-spirited and highly respected. His 
companion in life was also born in Bavaria in 1802, and was married to Mr. 
Posz in 1828. The following children were born to these parents: \'alentine; 
Anna M.. born in 1831. now deceased: Man.- Ann, born in 1833. married 
Frank Flaitz, of Shelbvville : Elizabeth, born in 1836. married Jacob Deitzer, 
and is now deceased: 'Daniel, deceased, born in 1839; Margaret, deceased, 
born in 1843, married Jacob Haehl : Catherine, born in 1846, married J.^hn 
Deitzer, and is now a widow. All the children were born in Germany. 

When the matter of leaving Europe for America was taken up by the 

582 CHADWICK's history of SHELBY CO., IND. 

family, Elizabetli was the first .^ne to make the venture. She came over in 
1851.' followed the next vear by \'alentine and Anna M.. and two years later 
by her parents and the rest of the family. \'alentine and his sister came ever 
in a sailing vessel wliich made the trip from Hamlnirj^- to Xew York ni forty- 
three days. He then came on to Cincinnati, where he remained a year, after 
which he came to Shelby county. 

In 1854 Mr. Posz was married to Margaret Recker. who was born in 
Germany March 13. 1S37. She was the daugluer of George M. and Kather- 
ine (Westerman) Becker. She was born at Moerheim. Germany, and came 
with her parents to America when but six years old. landing at Xew Orleans, 
having been on the water sixty-three days. Her father died two years after 
their arrival here, and the mother with the family continued the management 
of the farm until Alargarefs marriage to Mr. Posz. who from that time as- 
sumed the direction of the affairs on the farm. 

Nine children were born to this union: Mary married Daniel Callahan, 
a Shelbv county farmer, and has four children, Albert. Catherine. Xora and 
Anna ; Katherine married William Gayheimer. a fanner living in Rush coun- 
ty and has two children. Louis and Bertha: John Adam married Mary Gay- 
heimer and has two children. Emma E. and William Conrad : E^mma married 
Edward Cotton and they have one child, Harry Edwanl: Margaret married 
John Gavheimer. and has two children. Ellen and Maud: Conrad married 
Louisa Kuhn. who has two children. Ethel Xorah and Julia May: John 
George is at home: Barbara E. married Frederick Kuhn. they live m this 
county and have four children. Julius. Carl. Edna and May. I he nmtn m 
crder''of birth of -Mr. and Mrs. Posz's children died in intancy. 

Eighty acres comprise Mr. Posz's present farm. He has lived on this 
farm for o'ver fifty years: it is well impr.Dved. Mr. Posz's education was ob- 
tained in Germany, and his wide-awake spirit anrl industrious temperament 
placed him in the front rank as a farmer. He i. an active church worker and 
for several years was a trustee of the German Evangelical church ot L nion 


Among the many prominent and well known families of Shelby county. 
we here make mention of the one of whom Julius Eugene Theobald is a mem- 
ber. He is the son of Michael and Katherine (Haehl) Theobald, whose biog- 
raphy and the facts regarding their ancestry are found in another place in this 
work under the caption of George A. Theobald. 

Julius was reared to manhood on the farm and was trained to hard work 
and frugal habits. His education was such as was afforded by the district 

chadwick's history of SHELBY CO,, iND. 5e>3 

schools of tlie vicinity and he profite.l by these nieaijer opportunities, inakui.i?. 
as has been his habit through life, the most of his privileges. 

On March 24. 1889. he was joined in n-.arriage to Susie A. H.lbn.ok. 
She was born Atigust 11, 1868. being the daughter ..t Robert W. and 
Holbrook. widelv known resi<lents of the county. Eight children have been 
born to this union. The t^rst chil.l died in infancy: Ella C. was born De- 
cember 9 1S91 ; Laura A.. Ix.rn Tanuarv 13. i8.;3: Leola B.. born February 
9. 1895: Wallace P.. b^rn Xovember o. 1897; WiUard A., born Xovember 8. 
1900- Fav M and }vlinnie Mav are twins, born September 4, 1906. 

Mr anil Mrs. Theobald live on the old Theobald homestead, anrl this 
farm ha- received careful and effective attention. Mr. Theobald has given 
the conditions most thorough consideration, and by means ot drainage, clear- 
ings, rotation of crops, fertile soil. etc.. has been able to make the tarm a 
profitable proposition. Though not specializing in stock raising. Mr. IheobaKl 
has at times been the owner of excellent breeds of stock, and has manageo to 
o-et good results from the industry. r t ■ 

Mr Theobald is a member of the German Protestant church of L nion 
township, and is one of its most loyal members. Mrs. Theobald belongs to 
the Christian Union ch.urch of Ray's Crossing, and contributes liberally ot 
her time and means to further the advancement of the best interests ot the 
church. Both husband and wife are widely acquainted m the county an., held 
in high esteem bv friends and neighbors. 

Mr Theobald is a Democrat in politics, but has no political aspirati. m.. 
Ouiet and unobtrusive, his greatest pleasure is fotmd m the midst ot hi. lam- 
ilv though he retains warm friendships f ,r all with wnmn he has a chance 
to make an acquaintance, and soon win> .>ne-s confidence by his MueeutN 
purpose. . - , . 


On :May 13. 1810. there was born in the Province of Bavaria. Germany. 
George Micliael Kuhn. the father of the gentleman whose name heads this 
sketch. George's parents belonged to the farming class, but he received a 
good education and inherited the capacity for hard work and tmabating 
energv. On Januarv 22. 1834. he was married to Sophia Siapernagia, who 
was b'r^rn in th.e same localitv on May 15. 181 1. Four children were born to 
them, viz: Conrad, Andrew W.. J-hn and Jacob, the last named being 
born August 4. 1849. 

About this time the tide of emigration of fJerman peasants to America 
was high, and after due deliberati ni Mr. Kuhn decided w. take his tamily to 
trv the much-talked-of realities of free America. Accordingly the tamily bade 


farewell to the Fatherland, br.ardetl a slow sailing vessel and made the ledinus 
vovaoe from Germaiiv to Xew Orleans. From here they ascended by boat to 
Cincinnati, where they remained but a short time, coming on soon to Shelby 
connt\-. where Mr. Kuhn bought some unimproved land in section 36, and set 
to work to establish his home in wdiat was practically still a wilderness. Lite 
in the Xew World was not a disapp(iintment. Mr. Kuhn soon had matters 
under wav. The fainily became active w-.rkers in the Evangelical Prote:~tant 
church, of Union township, and Mr. Kuhn prcn-ed one of the successful farm- 
ers of the county. He died February 24, 18S5. His companion in life passed 
to her reward April i, 1S94. 

Jacob received a common school education and in 1878 was married to 
Mary L. Kuhn, daughter of George M. and Kaiherine ( Houck) Kuhn. She 
was bom December 5, 18G0. and has become the mother of the following chil- 
dren: :\Iichael Arno.'born August 12. 1S79. married Mahala Huntington, and 
lives in Liberty township. Shelby county, Lidiana ; Emma Katherine was born 
Tanuarv 26. i'88i, and died November i. 18S3; Sarah Matilda was born on 
October 9, 1882. as was also her twin sister, Maria Sophia. Sarah Matilda 
departed this life Februars- i, 1884. George Rheinholt was born January 6, 
1885; Elizabeth May, born February 25, 1887: Alice Laurie, born January 
30, 1889; Clarence Jacob, bcrn March i, 1894; Idilla, born April 5, 1896: 
Claude Henry, born July 12. 1898, and Katie Ethel, born January 9, 1901. 

The members of the family belong to the German church, .md are well 
known throughout the community. Mr. Kuhn has developed his farm to a 
high degree of excellence, and is deeply interested in the general welfare ot 
the neighborhood. 


The subject of this review has earned an honorable place in the company 
of self-made men of Shelby county. He has learned the great truth which so 
many fail to grasp — that energy- is talent and time is capital. 

George Theobald was born in this county November 26, 1862. being the 
son of Michael and Catherine (Haehlj Theobald, both of whom were emi- 
grants from Germany. Michael Theobald was born in Rheinpfalz, Germany. 
March 13, 1820. He came alone to America in 1840, and was followed one 
year later by his parents. Upon his arrival here he located at Natchez, on 
the Mississippi, where he worked for some time at his trade as a butcher. 
From there he went to Cincinnati, where he was married, and where his first 
four children were born. He then came to Siielby county, Lidiana, where he 
continued to live until the close of his days. He followed farming and ■^tock 
buying after coming to Shelby county, and was an active, liberal and puljlic- 


Spirited citizen, a Democrat, but imt an office seeker, and a member of the 
German Protestant church. His companion was also born in Rhcinpfalz, Ger- 
many, in 1S27. She came to this countn,- witli her parents, who located at 
Cincinnati, where she was married to Mr. Theobald. She became the mother 
of twelve children, of whom Georije was the ninth. 

George Theobald received a common school education and was reared 
to manhood on the fami. When twenty-two years of age. Decemljer. 1SS4.. 
he was married to Elizabeth Hurst, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hurst. 
She was born in Louisville in 1S63, was reared to womanhood in Clark 
countv. Indiana, and came to Shelby county in 1883. She died June 28. 
1887.' Her only son, Julius J., born September 12, 1885, married one of the 
daughters of George Haehl. and now lives in Rush county. 

j\Ir. Theobald's second wife was Minnie Stickel, born November 26. 
1870. She has become the mother of six children, as follows: Viola was 
born Tanuars- 9, 1S90: Edna. June 6. 1892. married to Chester Phares, a 
teacheV in the countv: Florence, born February 8, 1S94: Earl Andrew, born 
August II, 1898; Rosie. June 21. 1902: William Charles. September 10. 1904. 

Mr. Theobald has devoted himself to general farming and stock buying. 
He is a Democrat and takes an active intere-t in the political affairs of the 
community. His unimpeachable integrity and sound judgment have won 
for him the confidence and esteem of friends and acquaintances, and as a 
result he was called upon to serve as Township Trustee from 1900 to 1904, 
and filled the duties of the office to the satisfaction of every one. He is a 
member of the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows fraternities, having filled all the important offices in both of these orders. 
He and his familv are members of the German Protestant church, and are 
liberal and faithful in its support. Through these many sided activities, the 
family has won a merited place among the records of Shelby county's cuizens. 


Prominent among the tillers of the soil in Hendricks township, who are 
pointed out as eminently successful agriculturists is John \'. Pentzer, whose 
broad acres show that their owner has given them the most painstaking care 
and attention. He was born in this township July 1 1. 1859, a son of Solomon 
and Cecelia (Dobbs) Pentzer. Flis father was a native of Maryland, while 
the mother was born in Ohio. When quite young Solomon Pentzer removed 
to Ohio, and settled on a piece of land about five miles distant from Dayton, 
where he followed carpentering in connection with agricultural pursuits, bemg 
a verv handv man with tools. In 1848 he conceived the idea that he could 


better his condition by renioxal to Imbana. and coniin.;; t" tins state tock up 
his abode in Heiuh'icks t |\vn^hip. and it was tliere he married. His wife was 
the daughter of John M. Dobbs. wlio came lo Siielby county ir.nn ( )iiiii. He 
purchased three liundiet! twenty acres of laml and lived tliercn up 10 the 
time of his death. The maiden name of his wife was Hannah X'eazel. who 
came from Ohio. They both died in Hendricks township and were th.e parents 
of four children, namely : Dewitt C. b>lm M.. Perry P. and Cecelia. 

Solomon Pentzer. the father of John \'.. iiad a common school educati<jn. 
Shortly after he came to Hendricks tnvnship iie acquired eighty acres of 
land and constructed a brick liouse thereon, where h.e lived for the remainder 
of his life, his death occurring April Ji. 1S67. His wife followed him to the 
grave November 6. 18S6. They had but one child. John V. The laiter's 
parents were anxious that he should receix'e as good an education as it was 
possible to procure in those days of limited educational facilities, and he at- 
tended the common schools. He was married to Jessie F. Mcl'erran. De- 
cember 29, iSSj. She was Ikirn in JohnS'jn cnnit}'. and was the child of 
Thomas and Eliza (Gulley) McFerran. Her parents moved to Hendricks 
township when she was quite yotuig. The father died in 1880. while the 
mother passed away December 3. 1907. Tliree children were born to them; 
Jasper, who died at the age of four years: Mary, wife of James Cutsinger. 
Hendricks township, and Jessie M.. new Mrs. Pentztr. The union of Mr. 
Pentzer and wife was blessed with three children— DeWitt C, Tiwiie, who 
died January 30, 1906, aged fifteen years, and Vey Valnor. 

Shortly after his marriage Mr. Pentzer located on a farm in Hendricks 
township, and remained th.ere until the year of 1905. when he renrnved to 
his present well cultivated land which is located five miles southwest of Siie!- 
byville on the Franklin and Shelbyville pike. He has been a farmer all his 
life, and a very successful one. He is a Republican, and he and h.^s wife are 
members of the Methodist Episcopal church, of Shelbyville. Mr. Pentzer 
belongs to the Shelbyville lodge of Red Men. and also holds member-hip in 
the Eagles and Maccabees. 


One of the largest land owners and best kr.own citizens of Hendricks 
township, Shelby county. Indiana, is Jesse Shaw, of section 19. He was 
born in the township on January 17, 1840, and is a son of William and Mar- 
garet (Scott) Shaw. William Shaw was born in Franklin county, Indiana, 
a son of William Shaw. Sr.. wlio came to Jackson townsliip in 1819. re- 
maining there one winter and returned in 1820 and entered land in Jackson 


township. Ijeing- anioiii;- the first tu make an entry. He siicnt the rest of his days 
on the farm in tliat commumty. 

William Shaw, the lather of tlie subject of this sketch, was the eldest 
boy bom to his i)arents. and. he was about seven years nf a^e when his parents 
settled in the township. He remained at Inane, assisting his father in clear- 
ing away the forest until his niarri;i-e. when he removed to Hendricks town- 
ship and' bought lan.l. He married Margaret Scott, a daughter of Jesse and 
Sarah (Collins) Scott, who were early settlers of Shelby county. The fol- 
lowing children were born to the union: Xoah. deceased; John E. lives at 
Marietta. Indiana: Jesse: Hiram, dead: Sarah Ann married Monroe Dritt. 
both deceased: Mary Ann married K. P. Smith, both dead: James lives in 
Hendricks townshi[); William, dead. 

William Shaw was a well-tod.; farmer and an expert stock raiser and 
was widely known as a man of honesty of purpose and clean personal life. 
He and his vcife are now deceased. 

Jesse Shaw was reared on his father's farm and received but little educa- 
tion.' In his early life he assisted his sire in improving the home farm. He 
was married to Esther Cochran, a native of Butler county. Ohio, and to tlicm 
tlie following children were born : Martha .Ann married John Tucker and 
lives in Hendricks towr,ship: they ha\-e one child. Jesse. William, who li\es 
in Hendricks township, married Martha Tucker and are the parents of the fol- 
lowing children : Harry. Bessie. Carl. Esta. Frank. Lillian and Jesse. Ander- 
ville lives in Shelbyville. married Frances Rose and they have one child, 
Robert. James, who is living at home, married Clara Atwood and has one 
child, Irene. Alice married. George M. Phillips, live- in Hendricks town- 
ship and tliey have the folu.wing ciuldren : Artie. Esther, Dora (dead) antl 
Reba. Thomas lives in Shelbyville: he married Hattie Stouglitou and has 
one child, Lora. Gertrude married Albert Luther and lives in Brandywine 
township. They have the following children : Morton. Helen. Juanita and 
M\-nolia. the latter deceased. 

Jesse Shaw has always been a resident of Hendricks township and is an 
extensive land owner. He has two hundred and forty acres comprising his 
heme place, which is under fine cultivation and improved to ;i high degree. 
He also owns one hundred acres in another part of the township. He carries 
on general farming and stock raising and has considerable thoroughbred 
stock. He and his estimable wife are members of the Methodist Protestant 
church at Marietta, and he has been a trustee of the congregation. He is a 
Demi crat and has been elected to various offices. He has been County Com- 
missioner and served six years and was identified with many progres.sive 
moves in the betterment of county at^'airs. He has alv.ays taken a deep in- 
terest in politics and has been chosen delegate to state and county conven- 


tions many times. As a man lie stands Iiigli in the esteem <it his fellow citi- 
zens and is loved and respected by all who know him. He is a member of 
the Masonic ludq-e at Shelbvville. 


A great deal has been said in behalf of the Germans who emijjrated to 
America in the last century and the words of praise and commendatinn have 
not been at all misplaced. The steady, industrious and frugal sons of the 
Fatherland have indeed been imiwrtant factors in the development of the 
American nation. In this respect Shelby county has been most fortunate, 
for she reckons amcng her citizens a goodly number of sturdy Germans, wlio 
were born abroad and also many more \s ho are direct descendants of foreign 
ancestors. Amung the latter we make mention of George Fuchs, whose name 
heads this review. He was born in Union township. March 28, 1862, being 
the sen of John and Margaret (Henry) Fuchs. John Fuchs was born in 
Germany and came to America with his mother when still quite yoimg. his 
father having died previous to the embarkation ni the mother for America. 
The mother with her two children, John and Sallie, made the trip across the 
Atlantic in a sail-boat, having been over forty days in making tlie journey. 
They made their way to Cincinnati, where for some time the mother remained 
and later was married to John Fuchs. Following their marriage Mr. and 
Mrs. Fuchs removed to Slielby county, where the parents found things still 
in a primitive state, it being necessary to clear what ground they needed for 
use. Mr. Fuchs being a carpenter as well as a farmer, built his own cabin 
home, which is still standing on the old homestead. They affiliated with the 
German Lutheran church, and while the first church building was being con- 
structed the regular services were frequently held at the cabin home of Mr. 

Margaret (Henry) Fuchs was born in Germany in 1827, having come to 
the United States with her parents when about eighteen years of age. The 
following children were born to her after her marriage to Mr. Fuchs : Kath- 
erine, Sallie. [Margaret and Harrietta, all of whom are now deceased; Louise, 
wife of Daniel Meltzer; John, husband of Anna Kuhrt; George, cur subject, 
and Carrie, deceased. 

George attended the district school of the neighborhood, applied himself 
to his studies and to all that he undertook in a diligent manner. In 1885 he 
was married to Louisa Theobald, daughter of Michael Theobald and wife, 
who are well known residents cf the neighborhood. Louisa was b<jrii on De- 
cember 27. i860, and has become the mother of the following children: De- 

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lores. wh.T married Andrew Kuhn. a farmer ni Ru-li cuunty : Scott I'.; Mon- 
roe F.. deceased at die age of nine years: Orval C. deceased at the age of 
fourteen: Grace and Flora, and one who ilied in infancy. 

Mr. Fuchs has been a farmer all his life and has much to show for his 
diligent and untiring efforts. He has not only done a great deal of hard 
woHc. hut has manage.l tu direct his efforts so as tn brmg the most effective 
results. He has been an active man in the community and is well known m 
political circles. He takes a lively interest in the affairs of the church and in 
all local questions. He is a Democrat politically, and has filled the otYice of 
Supervisor of the township. 

As suggested at tlie beginning of this article, the I'uchs family have in 
George Fucii^ a splendi.l example^ of that class <,i Gcnnans that have done 
so much toward building up a strong and worthy civilization here in America. 


The above named gentleman was born in Bavaria, Germany. January 5, 
1844. He was the son of Henry Weingarth. Sr.. and Barbara Zimplemann 
The former was a blacksmith and worked at his trade in France for seven 
years before starting out in business for himself in Germany, coming finally 
to America. He was a fluent speaker of the French language, and had intend- 
ed to make his home in St. Louis. Just a few days after landing at New Or- 
leans, in October, 1S52. he was stricken with the yellow fever and in three 
days death claimed him as its victim. Twcj of his sisters that were with, him 
were also taken ill of the same plague, but recovered. 

The death of the father was quite a blow, leaving as it did the mother 
with a family of seven children, all of whom were born in Germany. 1 hey 
were as follows: Magdalena. who later died at Oakland, California: Cath- 
erine married Philip Beck, now living at \'allevista, California: Emma, now 
deceased, was the wife of Flenry Favier ; Elizabeth, living in Pasadena. Cal- 
ifornia, married Alexander Edwards, the latter deceased: Henry, our subject: 
Jacob and George both died in California. 

While on a visit to Xew Orleans. Henry's mother met the same fate as 
that of her husband twelve years before. She was stricken with the yellow 
fever, and died there August 15. 1S6-. After several years of work at 
whatever came to hand. Henry made his home with J. M. Brown, and con- 
tinued there until his marriage to Julia E. Theobald, daughter of Michael 
Theobald and wife, emigrants to America from Germany. Julia wa^ born at 
Cincinnati, March 20. 1850. and was married to Mr. Weingarili on W asli- 
inoton's birthdav, 1868, and has become the mother of the following chil- 


dren: Albert, horn Xo\'cniber 2'. iS68. ninrneil Ma.^t^ic Sch' lelcli : Charles 
H., born July 2. 1870. married Leah Waters and died January 10. igoo; 
Georg-e, born September 6, 1871, married Etta Xel~un. new hvinja: at Morris- 
town: Catherine R., born October 5. 1872, married John 11. lirown. o\ Rush, 
county; Xora H.. born April 29. 1S75: Emma C. E.. hern Xovember 23. 
1876; Marie Lmhse. born February 21. 1879. married James H. Jeffries, of 
Rush county: William 1-re.l. born October 2, 1880, married I'.ertha Rechstadt. 

On June 2},. 1861. Mr. \\'eingarth enlisted in Company Iv. of the 
Eighteenth Indiana Infantry, and saw three years of hard and active service, 
during which he participated in many a hard-fcught battle and spirited cam- 
paign, among which were Pea Ridge. \'icksburg. Fort Esparanza. Texas, 
and Magnolia Plills. at Jackson. Mississippi. He was under such commanders 
as Donaldson, Thomas and Pattison. After the close of the war he returned 
to Shelby county, farmed during the summer and taught school during the 
winter, having taught eighteen consecutive terms at schoi;! Xo. 3. in L nion 
tov,iiship. He received his education, largely through his own ;liligent ap- 
plication and study. 

Mr. Weingarth is a Republican in politics, served as Trustee ^A L'nion 
township from iSSo to 1884. He is a succe'^.-ful farmer and cattle brce;ler. 
being a member of the Slmrt Horn Breeders" Association. He belongs to 
the Grand Army of the Republic. Dumont Post. Xo. 18. of Shel!)yvi!le. and 
affiliates with the German Evangelical church, of Union township, anil is in 
all respects an exemplary i)atriot and citizen. 


A son of a pioneer settler who knew that only hard work was attendant 
upon ultimate success. Samuel Henry Tucker, of Hendricks township. Shclby 
countv, Indiana, inherited his father's penchant for industriousness and thrift 
and has succeeded in acquiring something more than a competence as a re- 
ward for his toil. He was born on the place where he nrnv lives. February 
25. 1858. and the old farm has always been associated with the fondest mem- 
ories of not only his boyhood days, but the later days of his father and 
mother. He is a son of Henry L. and Catherine (\\'ooilruff) Tucker, who 
were of native stock and rccour.ted sturdy American citizens. They 
were married in Butler county. Ohio, and were among the first settlers of 
Hendricks township. When he arrived in Hoosierdmu he entered one hun- 
dred and sixty acres '--f land, a part of which the son now owns. \\'ith the 
vigor and vim of the settler he cleaned up a spot where he erected a log cabm 
to shelter his loved ones. and. then bcg.u', to clear away the forest for a farm. 


He succeeded and ;idded to liis holdinj::? and became a weallliy man for liis 
day. He died on March 12. iSqj. and his wife passetl away the foll.iwinij 
December and both are buried in tlie old buni-ing- ground at ^bnuit Pleasant. 

Henry Tucker was a son of Ejihraim Tucker, a sketcli of wliich family 
appears in this book. The children born to him and his wife were: Mary, 
deceased; James lives in Missouri: Hannah married Martin Babb the latter 
deceased: she is living- in Hendricks township; rha?bc married James 
and lives in Hendricks township: Samuel H.. subject of this biography. 

Samuel H. Tucker began life helping his father on the farm, where he 
received a training which fitted him for his work in later years. He never 
received much of an education owing to the poor school facilities of his time. 
He lived at home until he was married and for four years afterward, when 
he remo\ed to where he p.<->w lives on another part of the old home place. 
His wife was Marliia McKee, who was born in Fulton county. Indiana, they 
being united in wedlock on August 2j. iSjC^. She is a daughter of Russell 
and Elizabeth (Gill) McKee, both now dead. To Samuel Tucker and wife 
were born the following children: \'iola married Ernest Yelton, deceased: 
she is living with her parents: Xancy married Joseph V. Shipp and lives at 
Franklin, Indiana: Everett lives on part of the home farm: he married Cath- 
erine Riser and they have two children living, Florence and Henry. Madge 
married Ossie Eads and lives in Johnson county. Indiana: they have one 
child, Mary. Emma, Rulutt and Tyocia are living at home. 

Samuel H. Tucker has made many impro\-ements on the old farmstead, 
and is possessed of one of the best farms of the county. By strict and care- 
ful attention to details he has made a success of his business and is accorded 
both honor and respect from his neighbors. 


To be known as a man whose word is as good as his bond, and whose 
honesty no one could question, is worth something. Such an individual, by 
character and reputation was the late John D. Pottcnger. of Hendricks town- 
ship, Shelbv count\'. Indiana. He was l^-)rn February 19. 1S45. in Delaware 
county, Indiana, and died March 21, 1896. He was a son of Flarvey Pot- 
tenger and went to Hendricks township in ab^mt 1S74. where he located. 
July 29, 1876, he married Carrie L. Clendening. oi Franklin county, Indiana. 
He obtained one hundred sixty acres of land which he succeeded in ijutting 
into an e.Kceptional state of cultivati^'n. He carried on general farming op- 
erations and was a great horse man. raising tlie finest of any one in the neigh- 
borhood. He was accounted a succe-sful man from all view priints and re- 


garded as one of the leading citizens of tlie county. He was held to be a 
strictly honest man. antl his i\eighbors and friends thc^ught so well of him 
that he was elected Trustee i-^i the township on th.e Repul)lic;m ticket, truly 
an honor, when it is knnwn that he was the only Republican e\"er elected in 
that township. 

Although not a professed church man. he thuroughly believed in re- 
ligion, and gave biuntifully to its cause. He di-nated ground fc^r tlie build- 
ing of a church edifice at Bengal, and also assisted otherwise in its erection 
and maintenance. He has one daughter. Rita D.. who married Cletha Free- 
man and lives on a part of the old farm. They have one child. Bayne D. 

John Pottenger lived the life of a useful citizen and his death was a mat- 
ter of regret to the ccmmunity. His body lies buried in the Second Mount 
Pleasant cemetery. His widow is a member of the Second Mount Pleasant 
Baptist church, an.d is acti\ely itlentified with its work. She is a woman of 
many praiseworthy traits of character. 


Visitors to ]\Ioral township will find in "Locust Hill l'"arni"a model in 
agriculture, as well as a nii numsnt to the skill and energy of the fine Swiss 
gentleman to wlicmi we are indebted for its upbuilding, but his talents were 
not confined strictly to agricultural pursuits, as he showed adaptabilitv for 
achieving success in other walks of life. David, son of Nicholas and Ann 
(Streif ) Pfendler. was born in County Glarus, town of Schwanden. Switzer- 
land, and when seventeen years old came to America. After a tedious voyage 
of twelve weeks, his vessel reached Xew Orleans, and the young foreigner 
hastened his journey up the river until he reached Indianapolis. He worked 
for some years as a laborer, meantime persuading his father to sell out his 
property in Switzerland and join fortunes with his son. The parental money 
was invested in a farm near Pleasant View, where the old people spent the 
remaining years of their lives. This worthy couple had five children, of whom 
Anna, now Mrs. Xorris. resident of Louisville. Kentucky, and Fanny. Samuel, 
Nicholas and David, are all dead. David Pfendler. before his father came 
over, put in his time at various occupations, including some years at the old 
Palmer House, in Indianapolis, for seven dollars per month, and board. He 
helped to start the German paper called "The Telegraph." When his parents 
took possession of their farm Mr. Pfendler went to live with them, and man- 
aged the property. It was badly run down, but he cleared and greatly im- 
proved the place, making it eventually one of the finest farms in the county. 
A commodious residence, with neat outbuildings, was put up. and everything 


chadwick's msTOKY or shelby CO., iN't). 593 

given a shape tliat indicated modern methnds. By purchasci he added to the 
original tract until it included two hundred and ninety-three and one-lialf 
acres of highly develoi>cd land. 

In 1864 Mr. Pfendler married Ann Barbara, daughter of Lorenze Fiek- 
ensher, a native of Bavaria, Germany, who came to America ni 1861 via Xew 
York to Indianapoli.'^. By this union tlierc were five children: Clara, wile 
of Charles Stanley, of Moral township; William, who died in youth: Fannie 
is at home; Amelia, deceased, and David C. The latter was born in Moral 
township. October 11, 1873, and received an excellent education as he grew 
up. After finishing the common school branches he spent a year in a business 
college in Indianapolis, then four years in the agricultural department of 
Purdue I'niversitv. He was graduated from this instituti(.n after finishing 
the course. October 9, 1907. he married Miss Vesta Sample, native of Chat- 
tanooga, Tennessee, by whom he has one child. David C. Jr.. who was 
born August 26. 1908. Mr. Pfendler now farms the home place and is im- 
proving even on his father. -Besides the regular crop w^ork and other general 
features, he has added registered Aberdeen Angus cattle and Shropshire sheep. 
In fact, he is ranked as one of the successful young farmers of the county, 
and is an excellent example of the best type of professional agriculturists. In 
Tune. 1907, Mr. Pfendler was made a Alason in Pleasant View Lodge, at Ac- 
ton, and is past chancellor of the Knights of Pythias lodge at the same place. 
His father was a member of the Presbyterian cliurch in Switzerland, but he 
and his wife attended the German Evangelical church at Xew Palestine, dur- 
ing their residence in Shelby county. He died September 8, 1896, and after 
his remains were laid to rest in Pleasant View cemetery, it was the common 
remark that the community had lost a good citizen and neighbor who was 
always ready to help the worthy in distress or any good cause. 


When the fact is considered that he was born and reared on the farm on 
which he is now spending his declining years in peace and contentment, it is 
no wonder that David A. Lee is pointed out to the stranger as one of the best 
known men in Washington township, Shelby county. His birth occurred on 
June 23, 1844, his parents being James X. and Mary (Hughbanks) Lee. The 
former was born in Kentucky April 2, 1802. and the mother in the same state 
in 1803. The former passed away January 23. 1879, and the latter February 
17, 1873. The marriage of this couple occurred in Mason county. Kentucky. 
April 6, 1823, and a little more than a year later they removed to Indiana, 
taking up their abode in Shelby county. The greater portion of that section 



of the state was practically an unbroken wilderness at that time, but, nothin,g 
daunted by the many obstacles confnnted him. James X. Lee went to 
work with vigor, and soon cleared a strip of land upon which a portion of 
the citv of Shelbyville now stands. Later he leased considerable land east nf 
where the town is now situated, but eventually removed to .Washington 
township, where he entered one huntlred sixty acres of then thickly timbered 
land. Under his skillful hands it was s<:.on converted int.> very prolific farm 
land. This land is now described as the northwest quarter of section 7, town- 
ship 1 1 north, range 7 east. 

The patent of this land is now in the hands of David Lee, of this review. 
It bears the date of October 22, 1S34, and the signature of President Andrew 
Jackson. Here James X. Lee spent the closing years of his life. In the fam- 
ily there were ten children, live sons and eciually as many daughters. Of 
these David A. and a sister. Mrs. Martha \\\.Mjd. survive. The latter re- 
sides in Hendricks county. 

David A. Lee resided with his parents until he was married, workmg on 
the farm when he was not attending school. He actiuired what was con- 
sidered a verv fair education in those early days. He was married twice, the 
first time December 2-j, 1866, to Martha E. Young. She died July 2, 1S9S, 
having given birth to si.K children, as follows: Mary A., born Xovember 10. 
i867r\Villiam X., born Julv 7. 1872: ^laggie, born Octr.ber 12, 1874: Da- 
vid McClelland, born Januarv 15. 1877: Gertrude E.. September 24, 1891: 
Xora ^I., born March 23, 1883, Of these Mary, ^laggie, Gertrude and Xora 
are dead. 

The second wife of Mr. Lee was Sarah E. Conover. widow of Frank 
Conover. Her maiden name was Cochran, being the daughter of William 
M. and Eliza (Drakej Cochran. She was born September 24, 1850. Her 
father was a native of Ohio, and came to Shelby county with his father when 
but two vears of age. As a result of her first marriage Mrs. Lee had two chil- 
dren, Wilber Conover and an infant girl. 

In national campaigns Mr. Lee nearly always casts his lot with the Dem- 
ocratic party, but in local politics he is an independent voter, and looks t.i the 
qualifications of the candidates. He has been an active agriculturist ever 
since he was able to perform the labor required on a farm, and he lias also 
made a specialty of hog raising, his porkers being of the corn-fed variety. He 
has always taken great pride in maintaining his land, of which he has in all 
one hundred and forty-four acres, up to a high standard of cultivation. 

Early in youth Mr. Lee showed a decided fondness for the study of 
music, and he is possessed of no little talent as a musician. He takes a great 
interest in the welfare of the community in which he has resided so many 
vears. and he is regarded as a very public-spirited citizen by his neighb-rs. 



The fact that his ance.stors were active in the work of contributing to the 
materia! progress of Slielby county in the way of building roads and making 
many other improvements is naturally a matcer.of pride to Martin A. Cherry, 
who' was born in Shelby township forty-eight years ago. his parents being 
Andrew J. and Catherine J. (Larrison) Cherry. They are also native^ of 
Shelbv counlv. This scctinn of the state was an unbroken forest when Wil- 
liam Cherrv. paternal of the subject, first settled in the c 'unty, 
and the woods' were filled with wild animals. His wife was Cynthia Jackson. 
a distant relative of Andrew Jackson. They were the parents of ten children, 
Andrew. Thomas, \\"illiam, Eli. Jesse. Stephen. Mary. Eliza. Melinda and 
Sarah. Andrew, the father of Martin Cherry, was reared on a farm and_ at- 
tended school a sulllcieiit len-th of time to procure a very good education. 
He taught several terms of school, but eventually began to devote his entire 
time to\gricultural pursuits. He is still living, and he and his wife are de- 
vout members of the Christian church. To them were born ten children, in- 
cluding ^lartin A., the others being William, deceased: Cyntha. wite ot 
George S. lones. of Indianapjlis: Nancy E., deceased, wife of Albert W . 
Dobbins; M'arv F.. wife of Jacob Greggs : James L. lives in Hendricks town- 
ship, married 'Ella Shaw: Robert died in young manhood: Phoebe J., \yife 
of Louis Drager. Addison township: Harvey, farmer, of Shelby township, 
married Ella Plun.kett : Franklin, a farmer in Sliclby township, married Lil- 
lian Sawyer. 

Martin A. Cherr\ attended the public schools and spent a year at the 
normal school at Danville. Indiana. He then engaged in the profession of a 
school teacher, devoting his time thereto for eighteen years. On October 20. 
1885, he married Jennie Florence Shaw, who was born in Jackson tr.v.nship, 
Shelby county, and is the daughter of John and Celina ( Willets) Shaw. Mrs. 
Cherry's father was a stock raiser on a large scale, and an early settler in 
Shelby county. He 'died in 1S89. His widow is still living at Shelbyville, 
She is the mother of five children, including Mrs. Cherry. The others are 
Thomas, of Indianapolis: Ella C. wife of James L. Cherry: James O., of 
Greensburg. Indiana, and Harry W., of Shelbyville. 

Mr. and Mrs. Cherrv are the parents of two children — Claude C. and 
Russell. The former is married and the latter lives at home. Mr. Cherry is 
a Democrat and takes an interest in politics. He is a member of the local 
Advisory Board at the pre.-ent time. He bebngs to the Knights of Pythias 
Lodge at Shelbyville, and he and his wife are members of the Christian 
church at the same place. Mrs. Cherry, who is a woman of high attainments, 
taught school for twenty-tw.> years, having begun when she was seventeen 
years of age. Her soii. Claude, is engaged in the same profession. The 

596 CHADWICK's history of SHEI.BV CO., IND. 

Clierrys own huniircJ fifteen acres of liii;lily imiiiined lain' uix n \Vbich 
stands a ni<ulern ei.qlU-riMint huuse and a cnninii hUmus hani. Mr. Clierry 
handles a very fine line of live stock, being one of the leading dealers in 
Shell )V coiHitv. 


Born and reared, in close pro.xiniity to the spot where he n)\v resides in 
Washington township, Shelby county. Mr. Spurlin naturally has a wide- 
spread acquaintance in that section of the state. He is the son of Joshua and 
Hester (Layman) Spurlin. who spent the greater portion of their lives in 
Shelby county, where they had the high respect of the comniunitv. 

The father of Mr. Spurlin was a native of Virginia, his parents, hcjw- 
ever, moving from that state to Ohio when he was quite }-oung. He was 
married to Hester Layman, in the last named commonwealth, shortly after lie 
had attained his majority, and they finally settled in Shelbv countv. Thev 
became the parents of a large family. The birth of George W. occurred on 
January i. 1847. He attended school when m.^t working upi.^n the farm, and 
received a fair education. In 1S66. when but twenty years old. he married 
Eliza Hupp, daughter of Samuel and Sarah E. (Watson) Hupp. She was 
born in July. 1850, in Warren county. Ohio, her parents moving to Shelby 
county five years later, where they settled on a farm. She took a course in 
the district schools of those days, and acquired what was tlien considered a 
very good education. Six children v.'ere the fruits of her marriage to Mr. 
Spurlin. as follows: Wellington, born January 11. 1868, married Dora Haw- 
kins, died December 29, 190J: Monroe, b.^rn March 18. 1870. married Rosa 
Sullivan, resides at Shelbyville; \\'illiam. born November 10. 1S71. married 
Lethia Sullivan, is a farmer in Washington town?liip; Ivre}-, bi_>rn in 
1872, married Sarah Dill, lives in Addisoju township. Shelby county: Maud, 
born June 20, 1875-, is the wife of Ora Spurlin and lives in Washington town- 
ship; Man^in. born November 15. 1878. married Xina Cochran. 

When Mr. Spurlin embarked upon matrimony he was not well off in this 
world's goods, but being a man of great energy and ambition, he determined 
to attain success and is today known among the prosperous men of the com- 
munity. With the small funds that he possessed, he leased a farm, and in a 
few years by frugality and hard work had secured sufficient money to pur- 
chase a place of his own. He now holds the title to eighty acres of very fer- 
tile and productive land, which is located in section 11. The work of im- 
proving this land was performed by his own hand. ai:d he has a farm that is 
well equipped with modern agricultural implements of every description. 

Mr. Spurlin is a public-spirited man in the true sense of the term, and 


has always done Iiis part toward aidins,'- the progress of Washington town- 
ship. The modern dweUing in wliich he ami his laniilv reside was largely 
constructed by himself. He has high moral iileas and botli he and his wife 
are members of the Metludist Episcopal church at Mat Rock, being very reg- 
ular in their attendance and taking a deep interest in the welfare of the con- 
gregation. Mr. Spurh'n beliexes in prohibition, aiid has been a member of 
the party that opposes the continuation of the liquor traffic since the year 1886. 


The man who does not feel proud of the place of his nativity is a peculiar 
specimen of humanity, and J. C. Eberhart is certainly not one of this class. 
It has been more than forty-four years ago since he opened his eves upon the 
world in Washington township. Shelby county, and he is today one of its 
substantial citizens. He was born October i, 1S64, being the son of Andrew 
Jackson and Barbara F. (Osborn) Eberhart. Andrew J. Eberhart. his 
father, was born in \\'arren county. Ohio. Februarv 21, 1824. ami became a 
resident of Shelby county in i8jS. his parents settling in Jackson townsliip. 
He showed traits of industry early in life and put in his entire time working 
on the farm when not attending school. Before he reached manhood he had 
helped to clear and impro\-e a great acreage of land. On December 16. i860. 
he was married to Barbara F. Osborn. who was born in Hamilton countv. 
Ohio. August 4, 1843. a'lcl '^vho is still living in Jackson township. Her hus- 
band passed away Alarch 31. 1909. 

John Eberhart. the grandfather of the subject, was born in l'enns\lvania. 
March 18, 1804, and died in Jackson township. Shelby countv. Mav 5. 18S9. 
His wife was X'ancy Randolph, a native of Ohio. 

Including J. C. Eberhart. there were ten children born to Andrew ]. and 
wife.' Besides him those living are IMrs. Lottie Conover. James D. and Wil- 
lard M., both of Jackson township. 

Jefferson C. Eberhart was married to Agnes 'May Brand, of Hamilton 
county. Ohio. June 29. 18S7. The latter was born in 1S62, and received in 
her girlhood a common school education and also attended the Amity high 
school. The union of the couple resulted in the birth of four children, as 
follows: May A., born May 2. 1888: Raymond J., born April 2, 1S91 : Mau- 
rice J., born May 4. 1903; John C. born Septeiuber 15. 1906. The first 
named of these children is a graduate of the high scliool. while Raymond has 
finished a course in the common schools. They are now both takmg a musical 
course in the Indianapolis Conservatory of Music. Mr. Eberhart is very 
proud of the achievements of his children, and with considerable reason. 


Mav. tlie eldest dauc^iiter. in 1904 rcceiveil tlie lii^iiest s^rade ever given a 
pupil in the sclinols of Shelby c^uinty. easily carrying otY first honors. She 
completed her course in the high school in 1007. 

The [leople of Jack>Mn r(,\vnship arc a unit in the declaration that no 
man in the community is more deserving of success than Mr. Elierhart. who 
ha.s made his way in the workl through perseverance and close attention to 
business. In politics he is a Republican, having been an adherent of that 
party for a number of years. He and his family are highly esteemed by 
their neighbors. 


Starting in life a poor boy with nothing liut his strong hands and a still 
stronger determination. Joseph L. Tucker (deceased) accumulated a large 
landed estate and became one of the best known farmers of Hendricks town- 
ship, Shelby county, Indiana. He was born in Essex county. Xew Jersey, on 
July 19, 181 1, and was a son of Ephraim and Phrcbe Tucker. When Joseph 
was but a lad his parents moved to Butler county, Ohio, where he was en- 
gaged in farming for the rest of his life, his wife dying in Shell)y county. 
They were the parents of the following children, all of whom are dead: Ej/h- 
raim, Joseph L., James, Henry, father of Samuel Tucker, whose sketch ap- 
pears herein; Daniel, Frazy. Elijah, Hannah married Elijah Hand; Pluebe 
married first James Ross and later Edward Xorris; Sally Ann first married 
a Mr. Lang and second a Mr. Hand: Betsy married Elijah \'an Xess ; Rhoda, 
Mary. The grandfatlier of Josepli L. Tucker was Epliraim Tucker. 

Joseph L. Tucker was married in Butler county, Ohio, to Martha Bowen. 
and to them the following children were born: Mary Ann married James 
Welliver, both dead :Dennis lives in Missouri : Maurice died young; Xancy NV. 
married William Clark, September i, 1S71. William Clark was born in 1841 
and died Xovember 6, 1903. He is remembered by a large circle of friends 
as a man who stood high in the esteem of his fellow men. He was known 
for his charity and benevolence and was known to be a man who always stood 
ready to help those in distress. He was a kind husband and a good citizen. 
By trade he was a miller and followed that occupation for many years. His 
deeds of kindness are remembered by many of his less fortunate neighbors. 
There was one other child, Ephraim. now dead. 

Joseph L. Tucker began life for himself at an early age. receiving a 
meager and unsatisfactory education. He remained in Butler county. Ohi(j, 
until about 1850, when he removed to Hendricks township. Shelby county. 
Indiana, where he began to buy land and develop it. He owned one hundred 
twenty acres near Bengal and two hundred acres on the Slielby pike, besides 


two hundred forty acres in section 14. where he hved tlie latter year> ( i liis 
life. He erected a large brick house in the early sixties and it stamls t'lday. 
Althougii poor when he started in life, he worked hard and by his thriftincss 
and saving methods soon amassed a comfortable fortune. It is said of him 
that his won! was as good as his bond. Although he was not a church mem- 
ber he always gave liberally to its support and to the relief of his fellow men. 
no matter who thev were. There are many who are living today that bless 
the name of "L'ncle J le." as he was affectionately called, and "Aunt Martha," 
his good wife, for their many deeds of living kindness. He was a Democrat 
in convictions and always took interest in the work of his party. Besides the 
general farming and stock raising he carried on. he was locally famous for 
the fine horses he raised. He was a great lover of horse flesh and his stables 
were noted. 

He died April 17. 1873, and his wife passed away in 1894. They are 
resting side by side in the old Mount Pleasant cemetery, rounding out an 
afifection that ran through the course of their natural lives. 

Mcs. Xancy W. Gark still lives cm the old home place where she has 
spent so many years. She is noted for her many kindnesses, and is revered 
bv a large circle of friends who know of her life that has proved such a 
benediction to so manv. 


This family name has long been known in the county, for the state was 
still young when the Clarkes cam.e as permanent residents of this vicinity. 
John H. Clarke was the son of James and Sarah (Hagerman) Clarke. 
James Clarke was born in Northampton. England, November 4. 1804. In 
1826 he embarked for America and was seventy days hi crossing the Atlantic. 
He came on to Cincinnati, Ohio, leaving there for Lebanon. Ohio, from 
whence he came to Shelby county, Indiana, settling in Jackson township. He 
devoted himself to farming and had to confront the difficult task that faced 
all the farmers, viz.. that of transforming the great forest into productive 
fields. This he accomplished and became well known as a man of industry 
and integrity. He was well educated and a clever writer, having written 
an interesting history of the Clarke family. He was a member of the Chris- 
tian church, and a Republican in politics. 

Six children were born to James and Sarah Clarke : Thomas, deceased, 
married Sarilda Jane Records; John H.. our subject, l»rn January 10, 1835: 
Spencer was killed in 1S49 by a locomotive when but fourteen years of age: 
Frances, deceased wife of Ezra Hicks; Adrian and Charle- br,th die.! in in- 
fancv. After the death of his first wife, Jame- Clarke was married tu Ellen 


Rae. Inlm H. Clarke was married Xoveiiiljer lo, 185S. tu Etlieliiida Kec- 
ords, \vlio was born in Jacksun town^hip. thi.. c ainty. January 4, 1S37. She 
was the daugliter of William P. and Eleey (Harvey) Records, both families 
being the pioneers of the county. Seven cliildren have been born to Mr. and 
Mrs. Clarke: Thomas C born November 6. 1S59. married Fannie Barlow, 
cf Jackson township: George H.. born September 24, iS(m. is in the munstry 
and is a graduate of Butler College, of Indianapolis: Sarah F... burn January 
12, 1863. and Elcey J., January 17. 1S65. are b^th deceased: William F., a 
post-graduate of Butler College, is superintendent of schools at Forsythe. 
Montana; :^Iary S.. born February 22. 187!, is deceased; Cora C. born De- 
cember 4, 1881', is a graduate of Franklin College, and is a teacher in the 
high school of Brazil. Indiana. 

The splendid record of this famd_\- is but a modest tribute to the whole- 
some and inspiring intluence of a heme that is permeated l)y a spirit of help- 
fulness and refinement. William P. Records, the father of Mrs. Clarke, was 
born in Brown county, Ohio, in February. iSoi. His companion. Elcey 
Harvey, was a native of New York state, and was born in 1806. Both lived 
to an advanced age. Mr. Records died at the age of eighty-six an<l his wife 
at the age of ninety. Twelve children were born to them. They were: 
Franklin S.. Harriet' E.. wife of Lewis Mullendore ; Lavinna T.. wife of Wil- 
liam DePue. of Franklin. Indiana: Huldah A., wife of Xathan Deupree: 
Tane. widow of Thomas Clarke : \\"illiam W.. deceased : James L.. a farmer of 
Bartholomew countv : Marx A. died in infancy: J. O. A., a farmer living in 
Johnson countv: El'cev C. wife of J. S. Curtley. of Franklin. Indiana: Tay- 
lor, who died in infancy: Ethelinda. wife of John H. Clarke, of this review. 

Mr. and ^Irs. Clarke are members of the Christian church at Mount Au- 
burn. Indiana, and are held in high esteem by its membership. :\Ir. Clarke 
is one of the elders of the church and kind and considerate in his views, bear- 
ing on both religious an<l political subjects. He has been a progi-essive as 
well as successful farmer, acquiring over two hundred acres of first class 
land. In recent vears he has retired from active farm life, but still retains a 
keen interest in the farm, as well as in the leading social problems of the day. 


After living an honest and praiseworthy life unto ripe years. Jcjhn W. 
Pherigo. who was born January 17. 1838. died on the old home place in 
Shelby township. Shelby c .unty. February 26. 1909. He was a son of Jacob 
and Martha Ann ( Flankins ) Pherigu. who lived the greater part of their 
lives in Jeft'erson county, Indiana. He died in that county, and his widow 

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married Samuel McKay, tliey locating; in Washinjjton township. Shelby 
count}-. Thc\- afterwards removed to Mat Rock, imliana, where they died. 
They were the parents of thirteen children, two of wli ini are now livin-r. 
Among them were: Jennie, wife '>f Jc_)seph W'olley. deceased. lie was a 
farmer and at one time conducted a livery business at Columbus. Indiana.- He 
was a veteran of the Civil war. a member of Company I. Thirty-third Indiana 
Volunteers. Other children were: Olive. Snowy G.. John, infant: Amy B., 
Albert J., dead. The widow and family li\-e at Columbus. Indiana. Sarali 
E. married Xathan Stattord. of Bartliojomew county. They had seven chil- 
dren — Celeste. Harry. \\"ilbur, Charles. Carrie. Josie and Armilda. 

John ^\^ Pherigo was a school teacher in his early life and in 1852 lo- 
cated in Washington township. Shelby county, where he rented land. On 
Januarv 11. 1863. he married Esther L. Spurlin. who was bf;rn in the same 
township and a daughter of Joshua and Esther (Lamon) Spurlin. He was 
originally from Virginia and she from the Keystone state. He migrated to 
Indiana while a young man and took up land in Washington township, buy- 
ing it at twelve and one-half cents per acre. He bought over two hundred 
acres and settled in the woods and was accounted one of the first settlers of 
that region. He died in Wasliington townsliip. as did also his wife. Their 
children were: Harrison, tleceased : Martha, deceased, wife of David Eenn, 
deceased: Jane, wife of Joshua Higgins. both dead: ^^■ilfred, of Tipton, 
Indiana, retired farmer, a preacher in the Baptist church for many years; 
he married Serena Le Mars. Ithamer. of Shelbyville. Indiana, married first. 
Elizabeth Green and his second wife was Phcebe Dunn: Frank, of Shelby- 
ville. Indiana, married Armilda Sullivan: C^eorge Washington married Lida 
Hupp, and lives in Washington township: Amanda married Harry Sullivan, 
of Washington tow-nship : Emma lives at Shelbyville. Indiana ; Esther, widow 
of John W. Pherigo, deceased. 

There were seven children born to John W. Pherigo and wife as fol- 
lows: John, mail carrier, married \'ay Willirnns. one child. Leoncre: Ida D., 
wife of Charles Thomps-.n. of Indiana]). ilis, Indiana, two children. Olive and 
Raymond: Stella, of Greenfield. Indiana: William X. married Bertha Stevens, 
of Shelbyville. Indiana, two children. Fawn and Esther : June Edgar mar- 
ried Martha Bruner. resides in Columbus. Indiana ; two children. Gertrude 
and Ruth; Claude A., of Washington township, married Julia A. Brooks; 
two sons. Glenn and Joseph ; Dale E.. farmer, Washington township, mar- 
ried Addie Law. one child. Eugene, deceased. 

John W. Pherigo was a farmer and also a grain merchant and general 
storekeeper, at Lewis Creek, Indiana. In 1863 he located on a farm in 
Washington township, but soon after moved to the place in Shelby county 
where his wid.nv now lives, and commenced a successful farming work, ^vhich 
he continued until his deadi. In 18S9 he built a beautiful home and erected 

602 CHADWICK's history of SHELBY CO., I.\"D. 

outbuildings and made many impri cements ni tlie place. Tlie deceased was 
a Mason of the lilue Lodge, of Shelbyville. Indiana. He was a member nf 
the Baptist church and was wed ki;own in churcli work. lie had many warm 
friends in the community in wliich he lived and liis death was a matter uf 
great regret to all. 


This gentleman is a native of Shelby county, and is a descendant of one 
of its early settlers. He was born in Jacksc)n township. January lo. 1S64, 
and was the son of Jacob D. and Prudence G. ( Smith ) Sanders, the former 
having been born in \'irginia November 22, 1S15. and the latter Jaimary 4, 
1819. in Dearborn county. Indiaria. Harvey's guandparents were Henry and 
Nancy (Love) Sanders, the former having been born in Germany. Jacob 
D. Sanders and Prudence G. Smith were married February 17. 1839. in 
Johnson county, Indiana, and came to Shelby county the following year. They 
located upon the farm W. T. Sanders now lives, but later removed to 
the homestead now occupied by cur subject and here they lived out the re- 
mainder of their days. Jacob D. passeil to his reward March 3, 1890. and 
was survived by his companion until July 24. 1905. He was a shrewd 
business manager, and although at the imtset oi career he had particularly 
nothing, yet at the time of his death he was owner of over six hundred 
acres of good land. He was the father of the following children: Nancy 
J., born November 7, 1841, and died February 4. 1871 ; James M., bi^^rn 
January i. 1844. and died February 7, 1895: Samuel S.. born Jan- 
uary 31, 1S47. died July 24. 1875;. Mary E., born March 27. 1849, died 
May 8, 1873; George \V., born February 14. 1851, died September 8. 1856: 
Sarah ;\I., born July 12, 1S53, had the unusual experience of marrying a 
gentleman who bore the same surname, but who is not related, viz., George 
. Sanders: William T.. born Octuber 14, 1855: Frances P.. born April 4. 1S58. 
died October 18, 1S58. Harvey L. was the yoiuigest child of the family. 
He was reared to manhood on the homestead he now occupies, received a fair 
education in the public .schools and on attaining his majority chose agriculture 
for his life work and has since fidlowed the same w-ith marked success and 
profit. Besides the farm in Jackson township. Mr. Sanders owns an equally 
good farm in Hendricks township, both of which are almost entirely under 
cultivation. The land is -admirably situated and is well adapted for the rais- 
ing of grain, vegetables and fruit crops common to this state, the soil being 
deep and fertile and its productions greatly increased by nteans of drainage 
and careful attention to fertilizing and the rotating of crops. In addition 
to fanning Mr. Sanders has devoted some time to s:ock raising and in this, 

chadwick's histoky or 5iieluy CO., 603 

too. he has mot with success, havius: many tine specimens ' i well tnx'il stock, 
which show great care in their maintenance. 

On the (lay before Christmas. iSoi, Mr. Sanders was married Ut I'ina 

■ E. Lanahan. the daui;luer of Mary ( Meric ) Lanahan. Mary was h irn on 

Independence day, 1874. and received such education as was afforded by the 

best schools of the vicinity. Her father alsi has been a successful farmer. 

and has quite extensive land interests in the county. 

Mr. and ^Irs. Sanders are witliout children. They are members of the 
Methodist Protestant church. Mr. Sanders is a Republican, but has not 
sought oftice. He is a quiet, law-abiding citizen, who lias ever given his in- 
fluence to the upbuilding of the community, being a friend to all 
with this object in view and an earnest advocate of whatever makes for the 
moral good of his fellow men. 


Noted amijng the older residents .:if Shelby county, Indiana, is James 
Green, who was born in Addison township on May _'o, 1836, and who has 
Jived the greater part of in's life in that C(:mmunity. He was one of a large 
family, and a son of Christopher Cheek Green, who was originally of Ken- 
tucky, and who married Keturah Xorris, of Xew Jersey. 

Christopher was a son of Eli and Xancy (Clieek) Green, of A'irginia. 
When Indiana was only a territory and a wilderness, they located in Dear- 
born county. During tlie terrible plague of cholera which swept the country 
in 1833 they succumbed to the disease, both dying of th.e malady the same 
week. He owned the first mill in that section of the country, and ground the 
grists brought to him, by horse power. They were the parents of ten chil- 
dren, as follows : Elizabeth married James Bridges, and lived in Iowa: James 
married Phcebe Chambers and was a steamboat captain on the Ohio and Mis- 
sissippi rivers and a soldier of the War of 1812: He died in \'icksburg of 
the yellow fever, his wife passing away in Indianapolis; Leah married Seth 
Parks, and lived in Iowa : Christopher C. : Tobitha married Bethany Bridges, 
and lived in W'averly, Indiana; Page died of cholera: Hiram died of cholera; 
Elston married Ann Bowers, of Hamilton county, Indiana : Ansy married 
X'athan Bowers, lived in Illinois : Eliza died of cholera. 

Joseph Xorris, maternal grandfather of James Green, was a native of 
X^ew Jersey, and married Elizabeth Wolsey. of that state. They lived in Au- 
rora, Indiana, and later removed to Jefferson county, and still later to Boone 
county, this state, where the}- both died. The}- were the parents of ten chil- 
dren as follows : Catherine married Tames \'an Cleaves, lived in Clinton coun- 


ty, Indiana: Samnel lived in Di>ine county, Indiaiia. and later in Kansas; 
Richard died ^iuijle : Keturali. mother of James dreen: Rachael married 
Peter >h>.ire and lived in ISuone d unty. Indiana: Jo>-ep!i uImi lived in I'.oone 
county, and later in Kansas: Johamia m.irried the Rev. John Wright, and 
hved and died in Boone county : Maria married Ahram Hendrickson and lived 
in Clinton county. Indiana: Stephen lived in Jefferson county. Indiana: Alice 
married \\'i!liam W'heatley and lived in Boone county. Indiana. 

Christopher Cheek Green prided himself on his ahihty a^^ a niathennti- 
cian, although he had hut a very liniitetl education. It was said of him that 
he could solve any problem in Pike"s arithmetic. He married when yxing. 
and resided for a time in Aurora. Indiana. In 1829 he removed to Shelby 
county, Indiana, and entered a tract of land on the middle fork of Lewis 
creek, and settled there in the wilderness. He erected a log cabin and com- 
menced clearing the ground, and he succeeded in getting the farm in fair con- 
dition f ir those flays, but in 1846 he removed to Washington township and 
bought two hundred forty acres of land, paying seven hundred dollars for the 
tract. It was all heavily wooded, but he cleared a goodly portion of it and 
built a house for his family. He lived there until he died in 185 1. His widow 
passed away in 1S92, at the advanced age of ninety-two years. He was a 
Democrat and she was a member of the ^lethodist church. There were ten 
children born to them as follows: Gray.son died in infancy. Eli, a farmer 
in Xoble township, Shelby count}": he married Martha J. DeBaun. Jciseph, 
a veteran of the [Mexican war, serving in the Fifth In.diana Volunteer Infan- 
try; he married Eliza Jane Jackson and went to Iowa and later t.) ^[is-ouri, 
where he died in 1S08: his widow still lives in that state. Jason was a Mexi- 
can war veteran and served in the same command as his brother. Joseph. At 
the close of the war he taught school. He married Ann Fenn, and in after 
years he removed to Illinois, where he now lives. Elston, a farmer, married 
Caroline Limpus, dying in Shelbyville. Indiana, where the wid '.w still lives. 
Mihon, a teacher for ten years, later removed to Illinois, where he married 
Sarah J. H^ayes, deceased. James, the subject of this sketch. Stephen mar- 
ried Elizabeth [Monroe, a farmer, of Shelln- county. Elizabeth married Itha- 
mer Spurlin, li\-ed- in Washington township, Shelby county, where she died 
in 1S87. \\'illiam, deceased, married Elizabeth McColley: she resides in 
Shelby\ille, Indiana. 

James Green married Mary Ann Clark on October 15, 1857. He was a 
man of sterling character and obtained his education in the common schools 
of his county. He lived at home uiuil his marriage. His bride was a daugh- 
ter of William and Mary ( \'an Benthusen ) Clark, lie of Manchester. Eng- 
land, and she of Orange county. Xew \'ork. William Clark was a son of 
James and Frances Cheshire Clark, of England, and a man of considerable 
mental attainments. He and his wife becan'.e the parents of the following 


children: James. l>^rn April iS, 1804; Th -inas. bom April 22. i8or>: Frances, 
born January 15, 1S08: Ann. liom July 2. 1809: John, horn February 1. 
1811 ; William, b. .rn Xovemher 21. !8i_': h'rancis B.. hr.rn October 13. 1814: 
Mary, born Mav 2;. 1816: Sarah, horn December 26. 1818: Etlward- C, 
born July 16. 1820": Ellen, born July 18, 1822: John, horn Xov<^mher 1. 
i824,"lives in Drakeville. Iowa: Charles, horn Oct her 29. 182!). 

James Clark sailed tor America on April 5, 1817. and was seventy days 
on the voya.<;e fn.m Liverpoul. He landed in Philadelphia on January 14. 
181 7. Fie settled at Klkland. Pennsylvania, and later removed to Spring- 
boro. Ohio, and in 1824 to Jackson township. Shelliy county, Indiana. He 
died in 1S26. and his wife on April 20. 1841. 

Marv Van Benthusen was a daughter of James and Su-an ( Smith) Van 
Benthuseii. He was horn August 14. 1778. in Xew York, and she was born 
March 4, 1791, in the same state. They removed, after their marriage, to 
Mercer county, Ohio, and in 1829 went to Jackson township. Shelby county. 
and settled in'the woods. He was a victim of the cholera scourge, and died in 
1850, while attending the constitutional convention at Indianapolis. He was 
prominent in state affairs and assisted in revising the constitution of Indiana, 
with Thomas A. Hendricks. His wife died in 1862. having married a sec- 
ond time to John Moore. The children of James and Susan (Smith) \'an 
Benthusen were: Margaret, born Tulv iS, 1811. married Aaron Fix: Wil- 
liam, born August 30. 1813. married l-rances Clark: Mary, mother of James 
Green's wife; Catherine, born January 28. 181 7. and the wife <>f Leonard 
Guile: Precilla. born August 3. 1819, married Alexander Flawkins: Daniel 
was born September 28. 1821, and married Rebecca Hughes: John, born 
September 26. 1823. married Sarah Clayton: James, infant, born October 
14 1825; Stephen. lx>rn ^larch 25. 1827. married Margaret Ken.lall : David, 
born December 30. 1829: James, born September 19. 183-'- married Ann 
Whaler: Aaron, born November 22. 1834. married Mary keeling. 

William Clark father of Mrs. Tames Green, was known as an honest 
and indiistri. us man and a g..o<i citizen. He lived with his parents until his 
marriage and then entered land in Washingt^.n township. Shelby county. He 
finally owned two hundred seventy acres, which he cleared and made a fine 
homestead. He died in 1903. liis wife passing away in 1899- ^ I'ey were 
the parents of seven children: Frances, horn Octol.)er 18. 1834. and married 
James Parrish : she died in 1906: Leonard, born January 22. 1S36. died 
in infancy; Elizabeth, born February 2, 1837. and married Isaac Watson, 
deceased' she lives in Howard county. Indiana: Mary Ann. wife of James 
Green- ^largaret lane, born in 1842. married William H. Chesser. deceased: 
she lives in W-ashingtMU township: John C. lv,rn May 6. 1844. and married 
Candes Doren, hoth'dead. Wilham IF. br-rn in 1848. died March .3. 1900. 
Fle married Phad.e O.born and they lived in W ashingt..n township, on the 
old homestead. 

6o6 cnAnuicK's ihstokv of shkli;v co., ind. 

After his marriage James Green and wife went to farniinij in Wa filing- 
ton township, Shelby county, later in Liberty townshi]-), ami later to Xoble 
township, and then back to Shelby townsliip, where thev new live, in section 
^2. He owns eighty-seven acres and has lived ^-m the old home place since 

- 1S65, at which time he erected the house as it now stands. He carries on a 
general farming business and raises horses and cattle. He has been active 
in civil affairs, and was Justice of the Peace from i8^8 to 1S72. and Town- 
ship Trustee from 1S82 to 1SS4, and a school director for ten years. By 

■political faith he is a Democrat. He retired from active work in 1S97 to 
enjoy his remaining years in that rest he so richly earned. He and his estim- 
able wife are well preserved for their years, and are held in high esteem Iw 
a large circle of friends and neighbors. 


No. member of the large class of German citizens who have come to the 
Hoosier state and assisted in its development is deser\ ing of mention in a 
book of the province of the one at hand more than Peter Stohry, wh') was t»rn 
in Steinweiler. Germany, the son of George and Mar\' Stoliry, the date of his 
birth being July 26, 1852. His parents were natives of the same place where 
the subject was born. George St(diry was a stone and brick mason by trade 
and worked at this trade all his life. He and his wife both died ir. Germany, 
after becoming th.e parents of two children. Peter of this review, and \'a!en- 
tine, who was a gardener and died in Addison township. November, 1904. 
Peter Stohry received a common school educatii;n in the German schools, and 
he remained at home until 1869. when he came to America, landing in Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, in September of that year. He hr^t secured wc^rk in 
a shoe facton,- of that city, where he remained for one year. He also worked 
awhile at gardening. He went to Cincinnati, Ohio, where h.e worked for nine 
months, and from there to Dearborn county, Indiana, where an uncle resided, 
remaining there for about one and one-half years and then. came to Shelby- 
ville, Indiana. He first worked out as a fami hand until 18S2, when he mar- 
ried Anna L. Kuhn. of Haupshower, Germany, daughter of Heinrich and 
Marie CFalk) Kuhn, Ijoth natives of the above named place, and both died 
in Germany. Mr. Kuhn was a weaver by trade. They were the parents of 
six children, namely: Pienry, living in Syracuse. New York: Conrad, Mary, 
Katie, Maria: Anna L., wife of the subject. Two children have been born 
to Mr. and ^frs. Peter Stohry — Lizzie M.. wife of Jacob L. Cores, of Ad- 
dison township, Shelby county, and they are tlie parents of two children, 
Floyd and Herbert. \\'illiam B., the subject's second ch.ild, is single and is 


living at home with his parents. Both these children were ethicatcd in tlic 
Shel'byviUe schools. 

In i88j Mr. Stohry h 'U<iht forty acres of land in section 33. Addison 
township, where he now resides. It was known as the Denny place. It is a 
valuable farm and kept in a highly prodnctive state. In 1905 Mr. Stohry- 
built his beautiful home, which is modern in every respect. It is equipped 
with steam heat, hot and cold water, etc. His e.xcellent barn was built in 
1899. He is engaged in general farming and dairying and has been eminent- 
ly successful, being a hard working man and a good manager, as his attrac- 
tive place indicates. At present he owns thirty-six head of cattle. He ran 
a dairy wagon for five years, selling milk in Shelbyville. He new makes a 
great deal of excellent Initter. liaving some iine Jersey cattle. He also keeps 
some excellent breeds of Dnrock hogs, and has a tine lot of White Wyandotte 
chickens. He and his son have just added eighty acres to the farm in section 
34, Addison township. He started in life very- poor, and even when he land- 
ed in Shelbyville had only seventy-frve cents, but being a hard worker and a 
good manager he has succeeded, and such a man desen,-es a great deal ot 
credit for what he has accomplished. He is a Republican in p)lilics. but has 
never asijired to public oftice. He belongs to the German Presbxterian church. 
' This familv bears an excellent reputation in Addison township, and h.ave 
manv friends throughout the county. 


xAmcng the sturdy pi(jneers who nearly a century ago entered land in 
Shelby county, were the ancestors of :\IichaeI Fisher, and the modern appli- 
ances that arc now used in the cultivation of the soil were m .t even dreamed 
of. Mr. Fisher was born in Hendricks township. February 21. 1S46. his 
parents being ^lichael and Mahala (\\"ebb) Fisher. The father was a native 
of Germany, while the mother first saw the light rn day in the state of North 
Carolina. They Ixith met early in life in Kentucky, and later moved to Clark 
county, Indiana. They remained there but a .short time, eventually taking 
up their abode in Hendricks township, where they were married, and where 
they settled upon eighty acres of government land, and lived until their death. 
During their residence there they acquired six hundred acres of land. A 
large portion of the inhabitants of Indiana at that time were Indians, and 
the"^ country about Shelby county was very wild. Twelve cliildren were b<:'rn 
to them in the following order: James H., George W.. John. William. Zach- 
ariah. Malinda. Nancy J.. Willis C. Jacob M.. Michael T.. W. J. and Amanda 
A. Zachariah and Malinda died while children, having been burned to death 
in a sheep shed. 


Micliael Fislier was industricais from liis earliest boyhood days, and has 
worked hard all of his life. He was educated in the typical log cabin of the 
pioneer days, and being an apt pupil accumulated sufficient knowledge to 
enable him to teach school for several terms, although the greater portiuu of 
his life htis been de\oted to farming. He has spent his entire career in the 
township, and holds a high place in the estimation of his neighbors. In 1874 
he riiarried Emily Scott, the daughter of Robert and Mary (Hayes) Scott. 
The following children were born t') thtm : Jonathan Ora married Carrie 
Tucker, has two children anil lives in Miss nui ; Lulu J., wife of Thomas 
Stansfield. Bartholomew county, three children; Mary Myrtle is single and 
living at home: Willis S. married Dora McClure and has one child: Xoah 
R. married Emma McClure. three children : Zella May, wife of Marion Her- 
rell. two children: Gri^iver T.. dead: Henry E.. single, living in Franklin, 
Indiana: Blanche ]., dead: Jesse C. single, lives at home: Anderville. dead. 

Mr. Fisher early in life cast his po>litical tVirtunes with the Democratic 
party, and has been an unswerving folliwer of tliat political organization 
ever since, being ready at all times to lend his aid to its advancement. At 
the present time he is a member of tb.e local Advisory Board, having served 
thereon continuously for the past nine years. He is a man of high character 
in both social and bu,~iness life, and has a happy faculty of making friends. 
He is the owner of a farm that ranks among tlie best in the county, and he 
gives it very close attenti'.n. It consists of ninety-two and one-haif acres, 
and is well equipped with modern agricultural machinery. Mr. Fisher being 
of that class of agriculturists who insist on keeping abreast of the times. 


Among the tine veomanry of France who followed Lafayette to .\merica 
to help i.iur peciple in the war for independence was a young man named Peter 
Alyea. He joined the patriot army, fought bravely under Washington, took 
part at Trenton and other battles and altogether proved himself a brave and 
daring soldier as well as a lover of liberty. He left a worthy son to inherit 
his name and his descendants at every crisis of the country's history have 
shown that the martial fire still burned in their bosoms and devotion to human 
freedfim was a characteristic of their nationality. John Alyea. who was born 
in Xew Jersey, migrated to Ohio in the early part of the last century, located 
in Hamilton county and was there married to Mary Stump, also a native of 
Xew Jersey. In iS59.they removed to Indiana and towk up their al>ode in Han- 
cock county, where he ended his days in 1S70. His wife survived him many 
years, but finally met death at Indianapolis in 1907. 


CHADWICK'S history of SHELBV CO., IND. Ocx) 

Albert Alyca, s<.n of tliis fine FrciK-li oiuide. was l>irn m) h\< fatlier's 
farm in Ilaniiltoii county. Ohio. Octubcr 6. 1845. lie went to live with his 
grandfather. Peter Alyea. and remained nnder this sheherinp mof until i!^'')^. 
and then went back tn Hanc.ick county. Indi.ina, where he worked for awhile 
a? a farm lalnirer. In the fall of the same year he enlisted at Fountaintown, 
in Company I. Thirteenth Reg-initnt Indiana Cavalry, with which he engaged 
in strenuous campaigning in Kentucky, Tennessee, and other states, but after 
Hood's advance was sent with his regiment h) Moliile to do scout duty in the 
Southwest. Returning to \'icksburg, the command was disbanded to meet 
at Indianapolis, where the individual members were given an honorable dis- 
charge November 30, 1S65. Going in as a pri\ate he was promoted to a 
sergeant of his company. He escaped wounds, liut for a time was in the hos- 
jiital at Huntsville, Alabama, on account of an attack of fever. After leaving 
the army, he returned to Hancock county and worked as a farm lab'uer until 
1867. He then rented and cultivated various farms for two years, when he 
bought thirty-two and two-third acres of land in Mtjral township, which, at 
the time was unimproved, the buildings consisting of old hg shacks, but Mr. 
Alyea soon put up new impro\-ements. From time to time he added to his 
original small holdings, by purchase, until he now owns two hundred si.xty- 
four and a half acres of fine farming land, all well improved, ditched and 
fenced, which he devotes to general agriculture and stock raising. His pres- 
ent home is one of the most commodious in the county, and everything in- 
dicates a master hand. In fact. Mr. Alyea early developed a natural instinct 
for farming, soon acquired all the secrets of the business and for years has 
ranked as one of the progressive and up-to-date agriculturists 'of "Olil Shel- 
by." Everything is kept in sh.ip-shape. the crop; are jilanted ami tended with 
skill, the stock is well selected, and the yield is always up t(j the demand. He 
enjoys the confidence of his neighbors as is shown by the fact that he was 
elected Township Trustee for a term of four years, surrendering the ofltice 
January i. 1909. with praises on all sides for his integrity and busines- ability 
in contlucting the atlairs of the people. As long as the Grand Army of the 
Republic Post at Palestine was kept up he was a member, serving as adjutant, 
but for some time past has belonged to the George H. Thomas Post, at In- 
dianapolis, to which he was transferred by dimit. 

In 1867 Mr. Alyea married '\Iiss Hannah, daughter of James H. Smith, of 
Moral township, and the f(_)!li:)wing children have been born to this union: 
James A., a resident of Wayne county: Frances A., wife of John Surpas. of 
New Palestine : Mary J., wife of Charles A. Morgan of Moral township : Clara, 
deceased wife of Sankey P.ridgewater : Leonard, resident of Indianapolis; 
Jasper, at home: Estella. wife of William Swales, of Acton: Hazel died at 
the age of twelve years. 




Amun- the native born citizens of Shelby county \vh.) have shown by 
their well applied ni.lustrv and tlie honorable lives they have led that they 
are worthv de-cendanis of the sturdv element that reclaimed this fertile sec- 
tion from' the primitive wilderness is William H. Mohr. who was bom m 
Hendricks township, April 15- 1S62, the son of Christian and Mar.,^aret 
(Krantz) Mohr, the former born April 5. i-^-^-- ''^^tli "^^'J*^* ['^ ^^^^^':'' 
Darmstadt Germanv. Christian Mohr came to America in 1847. locatino- m 
the state of New York, just north of New York City, on the Delaware river, 
on which he worked, abo worked in the timber there. In 1S55 lie came t^^ 
Shelby countv. Indiana, and settled in Hendricks township on the James HiU 
farm In 1867 he located in Shelbv township and secured one hundred and 
thirteen acres of land, where the subject of this sketch now lives m section 
26 Some of the place had been cleared and old log buildings stood on it; 
much of the land was vet covered with heavy timber. Mr. Mohr began 
clearincx the land and started to make a home. He died here September 19. 
18-0. and his wife died Tuly 10. 1888. Christian Mohr was always a tarmer: 
starting in life very poor, he worked hard and was successtul. He was a 
Repubhcan. but held no office. He ^vas a member of the German I umeran 
church His family consisted of frair children, namely : Helen, wite of Henr>_ 
Mahley. of Shelby' township, a retired farmer: John, a prominent tarmer o 
Shelby township,' who married on February i., 1880. Ella Newcomb. o 
Hend'ricks township, a daughter of Joshua and Jane ^ewcomb, pioneers of 
Hendricks township. John Mohr and wife are the parents ot two daug,Uer^ 
Nora, wife of David Hey. of Shelby township, ano Sarah, who is hving at 
home Mary married first. Conrad Schoelch. and her sec^.nd husband was 
Gern^e Bue.'cher • they live in Marion township. The fourth child ot this 
family was William H. Mohr. subject of this biography. He was educated 
in th; common schools and always lived at home with his parents, assisting 
with the work about the place and deeming it a pleasure^ to minister to the 
. wants of his aged father and mother. He was married November 13. ibb, 
to Ehza Yarling. of Tackson township, daughter of Phihp \ arlmg. Sr., and 
Catherine f Stapp) Yarlmg. a widow. Philip Yarling married a second time, 
his last wife being Elizabeth Dicover. a widow. Her tather was born in 
Germany and came to America when thirteen years old. later seUling m 
Jackson township. Shelby county. Indiana, where he carried on farming 
having died in Shelbvville. His wife died there also. ^ r. \arhng w^a, the 
father of three children bv his first marriage and seven by his sec^md wife, 
who grew to maturity. These children have been Ix-rn to Mr. and Mrs. W il- 
liam H. Mohr; Claude C. Herman R. and Eva I. 

The subject and wife are now the owners ot a ver>- fine farm con^sting 


of two hundred and seven acres. It is under a hi,:.:h state of cultivation and 
shows that a man of good judgment and tlirift has managed it. He handles 
consitlerable of excellent tiuality. amiuig wliich are Jer-ev cattle, Poland- 
China hogs, and a good breed of horses. He carries on a general farming 
business with rare success, having always devoted his time exclusively to 
farming, consequently he has n'.astered its details and ranks with Shelby 
county's best agriculturists. 

Mr. Mohr takes considerable interest in th.e affairs of his count}', and 
he has served \-ery ably as Trustee of Shelby township from 1S93 to 1901. 
He is a Republican in politics and never loses an opportunity to aid in fur- 
thering its principles. He and Iiis wife are members of the Baptist church, 
and in his fraternal relations lie belongs to the Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows. Xo. 39. Shelbyville. His son, Claude C. is a member of Hiawatha 
Lodge, Xo. 193. Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Smithland. Indiana. 
Members of the Mohr family are held in high esteem wherever they are 
known, for they are both honest and industrious and pleasant people to know. 


Thro\\"n upon his own resources v,hen but five years of age and com- 
pelled to make his own way, Joseph \\'oods stuck to the task and now is num- 
bered aniung tlie vvcll-to-do citizens oi Shelby county, Indiana. He was 
born on Julv 4. 1843. in Johnson county, Indiana. His father died when 
our subject was an infant and he has no recollection of him. His mother was 
known in her maidenhood as Annie Smith. They were from Pennsylvania, 
and in their early life removed to Kentucky, and later to Johns jii county, In- 
diana, where they were pioneers in the settlement of that part of Indiana. 
He was a farmer and {• I'owed that vocation until his death in [S44. a year 
after the boy, Joseph, was Ixirn. His wife dierl in June. IQ07, after many 
years of usefulness. There was one other child besides Joseph, a daughter. 
Susan, wdio became the wife of James Suitor. 

Joseph Woods was handicapped by the early death of his father, and 
he had but little opportunity to atld to his scant learning. Commencing at the 
age of five years to earn his own living, he soon acquired the knack of taking 
care of hiimself. He tramped to Marion county. Indiana, and obtained work, 
being employefl by one man for eleven years, which was a testimonial of his 
ability as a workman. Later he was empl. yed in Shelby and Johnson coun- 
ties. In Oct(jber. 1864. he nr:irricd Sarah C. Walker, of Clermont. Ken- 
tucky, a daughter of A'lrian and Rebecca ( Seaton ) Wnlker. She wa-; a na- 
tive of Ohio and he of Kentuckv. He went to Shelbv c<juntv, Indiana, 'luring 

6l2 CHADWICK's history of SHKLBV CO., IND. 

the fifties ntul settled at \\'nl(lroii. and later came Xo Shelby townshiii, where 
he lived out the remainder oi his lite. To him and his wife were hiTu ten 
children, six of whom are living: Martha, residing in lndianai)olis ; Xancy 
A., in Colorado: Barbara, in Kansas: David, in Columbus, Kan^as: Jisfph. in 
Shelby county: Sarah C. wife of Joseph WikuIs. 

To Joseph \\'(3ods and wife were b( tu se\en chiklren as follows: Reu- 
ben, who married Olive Wells: William married Mary Perkins, and farms in 
Shelbv county : James marrieil Jennie Wells, and farms in .\ddison townsln'i). 
Shelby county: Jolm married Eada Anderson, and farms in Shelby town.ship: 
Daisy married Alfred Main, Shelbyville. Indiana: Marion married George 
F. Mallory and. lives with her father: Wilber married Clara Roberts, and 
famis with his father. 

At the breaking out of the Civil war Joseph Woods ofTered his ser- 
vices to his country and was accepted. He enlisted at Fairland. Indiana, on 
August 12. 1S62. in Company F, Seventieth Indiana \'olunteer Infantry, and 
went into camp at Indianapolis with his command. When hostilities were 
breaking out in Kentucky he was sent to Louisville and later to Bowling 
Green. From there the command went on to Xashville and Murfreesboro, 
and finallv liack to Xashville. where it went into c|uarters for the winter. lie 
followed the fortunes of his regiment and participated in all cf the important 
engagements, being wounded in the right arm at the battle of Resaca, 
Georgia. He was sent to a field hospital at Xashville and after he had re- 
covered was made head nurse of his ward. Later he was sent to Louisville 
and to Madison, Indiana, where he was honorably discharged in August. 
1865. He went home and later to Shelby county. In 1900 he bought a farm 
of thirty-three acres, where he now li\-es. FIc erected a house and barti and 
otherwise improved his holdings. Mr. Woods for a long time was employed 
by the Big Four Railwav Comi>any. at Fairland. Indiana, y.i the ^ecti'in. lie 
is a member of the (jrand Army of the Republic, at Shelbyville. and the 
Methodist Episcopal church. He has retired from active labors and is enjoy- 
insT a well earned rest. 


Prominent among the progressive farmers of Addison township and a 
man who applies the most modern methoils to the cultivatir'n of his broad 
acres, is James E. Walker. He was born March 4. 1852. and his father was 
William Walker, a natixe of Addison township. The parents of the latter 
came to Indiana in 1818, from the East. The father died of cholera in 1815, 
while on his way to Kansas. William grew to nianhood on th.e farm of his 
father, and during his boyhood procured what might be termed a smattering 


of educatinn in tlie <'nc k% school that the Icnvnshii-; Cdiilaiiicd. On Jutie 
5, 185 1, lie married Miraiula W'oodard. Her parents were natives of Ken- 
tucky, and when they came to Shelby county entered land. The fatlier died 
in 1S63 and the mother in 187,^ They were meml;ers of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church, and he was a very public-spirited man. He was a \\ hii^. and 
later a Republican. The granrlfather i l the subject had two hundred acres 
of land in Addison township, which he brought to a high state of cultivation. 
Their children were as follows: William, father of James E. ; Samuel and 
Benjamin lived and died in Addison townsliip : Elizabeth, widow of James 
^bJntgomery, resides in California: Henr\', deceased : James, deceased: Oscar, 
deceased: Isabelle, deceased, was the wife of Oscar Gatesvood: Jesse, Justice 
of the Peace, at Shelb_\-ville : Thomas, resident of Shelb_\\ille : Margaret, wife 
of Oscar Hand, Shelbyville. 

Shortly after their marriage William Walker and family located in Ma- 
rion township near Pleasant Hill church, where he owned eiglity acres of land. 
Later he moved to Wisconsin and bought one hun<lred and sixty acres of land 
there, but after three years returned to Shelby county and located in .Vddis.m 
township. He erected- a number of buildings on his fann, and made a great 
many other improvements. He was a thrifty, hard-working man. and en- 
gaged in farming almost all of his life, although at one time he served in the 
capacity of a constable. He was a Republican and attended the Meiiiodist 
Episcopal church. He and his wife were the parents of three children. James 
Edward, born March 4, 1852. Elizabeth, born April 26, 1854. wife of Jaine'^ 
Smith, Shelbvville, and Isabelle, who was born October 11, 1857, and died 
in infancy. 

James E. Walker spent one term in the schot;,! at Morris Hill. On De- 
cember 21, 1876, he married Frances G. Brown, of Harrison, Ohio. Her 
parents were John PL and Sarah J. Brown, who were married November 5, 
183 1, and caiue to Shelby county from Harrison. Ohio. They were the par- 
ents of six children. They were James L.., Kate. Fannie, Charles, Lucy and 

The father of Mrs. Walker, John Brown, came to Shelby county in 
18^17, and settled in L'nion township, where he still lives at the age of eighty 
years. His wife died in 1904. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church and a Prohibitionist. The children of the subject are Josephine G., 
wife of William Talbert Kemper, lumber dealer of Indianapolis: Carl J., en- 
gaged in the telephone business: Charles E. and Ernest, twins at home. John 
\\'. and Scott R. are both dead, the former's demise occurring when he was 
nine years of age in 1894, while the latter passed away at Fort Russell, \\ yo- 
ming, in 1905, when he was about twenty-five years of age. He was a mem- 
ber of the regular army. 

Mr. Walker divides his time between general farming and stock raising. 


He has placed on tlie market many tine hogs, horses and cattle. He is a Re- 
pubHcan. hut never aspired to otflce. Mr. Walker is one of the active mem- 
bers of the Ben llur Lndge, of Shelhyville, Indiana. He was in the livery 
business for a period of twenty years. 


Of the latter dav generation of ecUicators and farmers -.f Shelby county. 
Indiana, none is better known and has a larger circle of friends than J. Har- 
lan Clarke, of Shelbv township. He was bora in Davis county, Iowa, on 
June 9. 1S63, and is a son of Edward Cheshire Clarke, who first saw the 
light of day on July 16. 1820. in Lebanon. Ohio. The senior Clarke, at the 
age of four rears, went with his parents to Shelby county, Indiana, and lo- 
cated in Tackson township. He was a son of James Clarke and Frances 
Cheshire Clarke. He received the rudiments of an education in an old- 

fashioned log school, whose facilities were, of course, limited. He lived at 
home up to the time of his first marriage, being united with Barbara Billings- 
ley, of Washington township, Shelby county, who died soon afterward. 
There were no children. His second marriage was consummated with Sarah 
A. Mvers. of Washington township. Shelby county, she being a daughter 
of Alfred M vers, a pioneer settler of that township. He removed to Wa- 
bash county and died there in 1866. The mother of J. Harlan Clarke had 
two brothers and one sister, as follows: Thomas, a farmer, of Grant county. 
Indiana; James and Xancy A. She married John ^liller, of Webster City, 

T. Harlan Clarke was one of an average tamily for those days. His 
brothers and sisters were: Thomas, who died in infancy; George, a farmer, 
of Benton county, Missouri; William H., of Shelbyville. Indiana; Alfred, of 
Kansas; Ida, deceased. 

Edward Clarke, the father, removed to Davis county. Iowa, in 1S57. and 
farmed there until 1S64. when he removed to Shelby county. Indiana, and 
located in Washington township, where he passed away in May, 1868. His 
wife sur\-ives him in Benton county. Missouri. 

J. Harlan Clarke was educated in the county schools, the State Xormal. 
at Terre Haute, from 18S7 to 1889. and four years at Purdue University, at 
Lafayette, receiving his degree of Bachelor &f Science in 1897. Previous to 
this lie taught in Shelby county and was also principal at the West Lafayette, 
Indiana, high school, for one year and later of the township high school for 
a sim.ilar length of time. Since 1904 he has made his home in Shelby town- 
ship, where he acquired forty acres of land known as the Lemaster farm, 
and has carried on general farming. 


On Tune .29. iSi)8. he was unite.l in marriage to Iva E. ^lunscr. ot Tip- 
pecanoe county. Indiana. She is a danghter of W'ilhani H. and Su:^an i Down- 
ing) Munger. he of Dayton, Ohio, and she a native of TipiJecanoe county. 
He was also a school teacher, dying in February. 1S74. Tlie widow lives at 
West Lafavette. Indiana. WiHiam Munger and his wife went to Tippe- 
canoe countv in 1S58, and were well known among the older residents of the 

J. Harlan Clarke is the father of one son, Joy Harold, who was born 
June 12, 1S99. Mrs. Iva Clarke is a well educated woman, and was num- 
bered among the progressive school teachers of Indiana for thirteen years. 
She was educated at Valparaiso and Purdue University. She is a^ memljer 
of the Christian church and a woman of inlluence and refinement. J. Harlan 
Clarke is prominent in lodge circles, and is a member of the Smithland Odd 
Fellows, and the Shelbyville. Indiana. Rebekahs. In politics he is a Demo- 
crat, a man of sterling worth and character with a large following of warm 


\\'hcn death laid its blighting hand upin John Toner it removed from 
the community in which he had so long lived one of its most highly respected 
and substantial citizens. The deceased was born in Lycoming ccjunty. Penn- 
sylvania, December j8. 1814. being the son of Edward and Susana ( L'pde- 
grafT) Toner, both natives of the Keystor.e state. The Toners are of Irish 
extraction and the Updegratifs of German descent. In 181 5 Edward and 
Susana Toner came to Indiana and settled on a place located ofi White river, 
in Franklin county. They lived there for eighteen years, acquiring in that 
time a large tract of :and. In 1832 they transferred their belongings to Hen- 
dricks township, Shelby county, buying a farm in section 10. The husband 
died in 1867, aged eighty-four years, the wife surviving him but one year. 
John Toner lived with his parents until he was twenty-two years of age, at- 
tending the old subscription schools in his youth. They were built of logs. 
and had puncheon floors. After completing his education he began active 
work on the farm, and in 1837 married Xancy J. Parker. They were the 
parents of eight children, three nf whom are now living, as follows: Martha, 
wife of William Miller, of Morristown, Indiana: Elizabeth, of Decatur 
county, and Arabella, of Alartinsviile, Indiana. Mr. Toner's first wife died 
June 14, 1856. He was married a second time. May 3, 1857, his bride being 
Jeanette Thayer, daughter of Spencer and Sallie (Butler) Thayer. Plis 
second wife died February 27. 1893. Four children were the results of this 
marriage. John S. lives at Shelbyville, and married Carolina Plester: C. L. 


Tuner ilied in 1891 : Harry M. is a physician at I'luL-nix, Aii/ona; F.'.mer S. 
is single. li\ing on a farm in Shelby cmmty. 

James E. Toner, eldest child dftlie firsi marriage cif our subject, was 
a soKiier in the waruf the Rebellion. h.a\-ing ser\eil for three _\ears. John 
Toner, cur suL-ject. spent the greater portion of iiis life in Shelby cninty. 
owned two hundred fifteen acres of land in Hendricks township, eighty acres 
in Sugar Creek township, one huiulred sixt}- acres in Hanover township, 
and eight}' acres in Addison township. His wife owned two hundred f u'ty 
acres in Addison township, and eighty acres in Shelliy township. They 
owned jointly about one thousand acres of well tilled soil. Mr. Timer was 
originally a Whig, and when the Republican ])arty was launcheii he entered 
its ranks, and was an adherent of its j^rinciplcs up to the time of his death. 
He never held nor souglit any political office. He was a meiuber of the Chris- 
tian church. 

The old Toner liomestead on which Elmer T(jner now resides was 
originally owned by Edward Toner, tiie grandfather, ar.d cleared of timber 
by him in the pioneer days. Elmer S. still owns two hundred acres of this 
land. He was educated in the common schools and attended Butler College. 
Harry M. Toner spent considerable time in Bellevue Hospital. New York. 
and finished his medical education at Little Rock. Arkansas. Elmer S. de- 
votes his time to farming and stock raising. He has a well equip]ied library. 
and is a student and reader. 


When Thomas McCabe came with his parents to Shelby county. In- 
diana, tliey settled on the site which was afterwards the public siiuare of the 
town of Shelbyville. This was in the year 182S or 1S29. James McCalje. 
the subject of this sketch, was a son of Thomas, ami w\as born in L'nion town- 
ship, Shelby county, on August 28. 1S4S. His father was born January 29, 
1826. and died September 7. 1895. McCabe. senior, married Mary Robert- 
.son. wdio was born February 19, 1828, and died March S, 1904. Both were 
of the virile stock that has made Indiana what it is. and when the parents 
of Thomas McCabe settled in their cabin built of poles, in the wilds of Shelby 
county, they marie the foundation for a lasting home. They became the 
parents of six children : John, who died in his home county ; Frances, who 
married James Sullivan; Elizabeth, deceased: Charles, living in Shelby coun- 
ty, Illinois: Thomas E.. father of James, and Xancy, widow of Hamilton 
Morris, of Shelbvville. 



janics McCal)c".s orandfatlicr. Rohtrtsnn, came earl\- fmni Kentucky U> 
Shelby county, and settled on secti.ui J. Addis..>n tv.wnshii.. where he cbtained. 
government land. He aciiuired over three hundred acres which he improved 
and farmed, passing: away on the old farm. He was the father vt seven chil- 
dren : Samuel. Th.mias. Jnhn A.. Malvina. Susan. Mary. Parnivlia. all de- 

Thomas McCahe had slight advantages for an education. He lived for 
several years with an uncle in Union township. After his marriage t>. Mary 
Robertson, he lived in I'nicn township until 1849. and obtained eighty acres 
of land. He erected a l>g cabin and cleared land, gradually acquiring 
more until he had twr. hundred acres in secticni 3. This land was swampy 
and undrained. and very nxigh. and it to.ik long, hard work to clear it. In 
his later years he lived in Shelbyville, where he died, in 1890. His wife sur- 
vived him several years, dying March 8. 1904. Thomas was a Republican in 
politics but held no oflke. He was a member of the Baptist church, and was 
identified as one of its chief workers. He was the father of thirteen children : 
James E.. the subject of this sketch: Xancy M.. deceased; John \\'.. deceased; 
William, living at Shelbyville; Joseph, a carpenter living in California; 
Samuel in the lumber business in Los Angeles: Thomas and Cb.arles. twins. 
The former is postmaster at Reading. California, while Charles lives in Ad- 
dison township, Shelby county. Sarah J., who married Ira Wilders. of Shel- 
byville; Susan, deceased: Ctlia. single, who lives in Shelbyville; David, who 
lives in Boone county. Indiana : Henry, County Commissioner in Lcs An- 
geles. Calif(jrnia. 

lames McCabe had only a limited schooling, owing to the poor facilities 
at that time. He married Cordelia Johnson. May 26. 1870. Slie was of 
Rush county and died October 19. 1879. He married a seconrl time on June 
I, 1902. to Elma Cobbs. of Jennings county. Indiana, a daughter of Joseph 
and Ann Maria Cobbs. She was of Jennings county, and he of Ohio. Jo- 
seph married a secnd time to Xancy S. McCaulin. of Jennings county. 

After his first marriage James McCabe lived in Union township and 
farmed for three years en the old homestead of his fathers. In 1875 he went 
to Clark, Illinois, where he made drain tile aiui farmed. He later came back 
to Shelby county and bought twent>- acres in Addison township, in section 
thirty-five, where he has since lived. The present farm was a part of the rid 
Robertson place. James McCabe never asked for a public office. Vor many 
years he has been a staunch Prohibitionist and adhered strictly to the tenets 
of that party. He is a member of the Ben Hur Lodge, at Shelbyville. and a 
member, also, of the Baptist church, in which he has been a worker for many 
years. To him and his first wife were 1.x irn seven children: Xellie. wife of 
Robert J. Kuhn, uf Johnson ojunty, Indiana: Ethel E.. deceased: Clinton, de- 

6iS chadwick's historv of SIin.RY co., ixd. 

ceased: Ira. a carpenter and farmer ir. Decatur county. Indiana: Harry, now 
with the Lons^ I3istanee Telephone Conipnu}- : Cary. at home: Rufu~. a farmer 
in Jolinson county. Iiuhana. James McCahe is lioin^recl hy liis many friends 
for his honest and upright life, and his influence as a good citizen. 


This enterprising fanner and stock raiser is a native of Shelhy count)-. 
Indiana, and is a son of Jesse ^^eloy. to whose sketch elsewhere in these pages 
the reader is respectfully referred f^r data concerning ilie suhject's history. 
Mr. Meloy. whose birth occurred December 12. of th.e year 1S72. was reared 
under the wholesome influences of rural life and his early contact with tlie 
soil had a decided infliience in de\eloping a vigorous physique, industrious 
habits, and the well rounded symmetrical character which has enabled him to 
make the most of his opportunities and to forge to the front among the strong 
and eminently, successful men to whose efforts and influence the county of 
Shelby is largely indebted for the prosperity which it now enjoys. At the 
proper age young Meloy entered the district schools of his township, which 
he attended until obtaining a knowledge of the branches taught therein, and 
on his father's farm he became familiar with the more practical affairs of 
life, being able while still a young man to do a man's part at almost any kind 
of manual labor. After remaining under the parental roof until attaining his 
majority, he began to make his own way in the world, choosing for his voca- 
tion the time-honored pursuit of agriculture, to which he has since devoted 
his attention and in wliich his advancement has been such that he now oc- 
cupies a conspicuous place among the enterprising farmers of the township 
in which he resides. 

Mr. Meloy cultivated a part of the home place for several years, but in 
December, 1907, moved to his present farm, which at that time was consid- 
erably run down and the buildings in ill condition, but which, by a series of im- 
provements he has since brought to a high state of cultivation, and converted 
into one of the most beautiful and desirable rural homes in the county. Pro- 
gressive in the full meaning of the term, he has s^jared neither pains nor ex- 
pense in reconstructing his buildings and adding to their attractiveness by 
erecting new ones, while the excellent system of fencing, the fine condition 
of the fields, and the general air of thrift, by which the entire premises are 
characterized bespeak the care and attention devoted to his labors, and the 
success which usually fr)llows well directed efforts and superior management. 

Mr. Meloy cultivates the soil according to the most ajjproved principles, 
and being familiar with nijiJern agricultural science in all of its details, he 



realizes liberal returns from his time and lalvir. and in aiKlilion to raisin^' 
abundant crops is also quite successful in the matter <.)f live st(;ck. making a 
specialty of registered thoroughbred. Jersey cattle in the breeding and raising 
of which he has added very materially to his income. His farm, which con- 
tains one hundred three and a h.alf acres, is well situated and admirably 
adapted to the purposes for which it is used, the soil, by judicious rotation of 
crops and the application of artificial fertilizers retaining all of its original 
fertility and never failing to respond liberally to the demands made upon it. 
^ir. Mel'iy, on September 12, 1894. was united in marriage with Kittie 
Stine, of lackson township. Shelby county, where her birth occurred .\ugust 
26. 1S7-. being a daughter of John and Phcebe ( Lemar) Stine. who are 
still respected residents of that part of Shelby O'unty. This union has been 
blessed with three children, namely: Raymond F.. born July 15. 1S95 : Helen 
B.. born July 15, 189S, and IMillard. win first saw the light of day on May 
29, of the year 1904. 

In his political allegiance Mr. Meloy is a Democrat, and though well in- 
' formed concerning the principles and history of his own and other parties, 
and abreast of the times on the leading issues of the day and general current 
thought, he has no ambition in the direction of otticial preferment, nor any 
aspiration for public honors. In matters religious he has strong convictions 
and well defined views, being, with his wife, a member of the Methodist Prot- 
estant church and, like her, deeply interested in all that makes for the good of 

TAMES V. B. FIX, Esq. 

Notable among the first settlers of Eastern Indiana are the ancestors of 
James \'. B. Fi.x, who was born May 16, 1S31. in Washington township, 
Shelby county. Indiana. He was a son of a sturdy pioneer. Aaron Fix. who 
was born near Dayton. Ohio, in 1S09. Aaron was a son of Philip Fix, who 
lived in Pennsylvania, and who married Abigail Hays, of Obi 1. in 1821. 

Philip Fix went to Shelby county, Indiana, in 182 1. and located at Flat 
Rock, Washington township. He entered one hundred sixty acres of land, 
and started to improve the tract. He subjugated its wildness and he lived to 
enjoy his home, he and his wife dying on the old farm." Fi\e children were 
born to them as follows : Aaron, father of Jarnes Y. B. Fix ; Sarah married 
Elisha Tcwnsend: Henry married Armenia Morris: Abigail married John 
McDonald; Antha M married William Lackey. 

Aaron Fix was a self-taught man. and he obtained the rudiments of an 
education, as most boys oi his time did, by attending a country school for a 
few weeks out of the year and studying at home. He was a man of consid- 

620 CHAOWICK's history of SHEI.IiY CO., IXD. 

erable influence, and served as Justice of the Peace cf the township tor sixteen 
j-ears. In 1830 he was united in marriage to Margaret A. \'an Bentliusen. 
a native of Xew York City. She was a daughter of James and Sarah ( Smith) 
\'an Rentluisen. of .\e\\ York City, .\iter tlicir marriage tiic \'an r,enthu- 
sens removed to Ohio, and Later went tn Shelby county, huhana. where tliey 
became imc of the leading and influciuial families of the cninty. He served 
with ThnuKis A. Hendricks as one of the first Representatives in the Legis- 
lature from this county, and assisted in the revision of the constitution of the 
state, and in blazing a trail for a pike road from Shelbyville to Columbus. 
Indiana. While he was still serving his county as a legislator he died in In- 
dianapolis in 1850. He was a large owner if real estate, and a man of prom- 
inence in the affairs of the state. His widuw married a second time, being 
united to John Moore. The children by his first wife were: Margaret Ann. 
mother of the subject of this sketch: William died in Bloomfield. Iowa, at the 
age of eightv-one years: Mary Ann married William Clark: Catherine mar- 
ried Leonard Giles. Shelby county: Daniel removed 1 1 Missouri and died 
there. He was the husbiind of Rebecca Hughes: John married Sarah Clay- 
ton, removed to Iowa and died there: Stephen married Margaret Kendal!. 
lives in Iowa: James is married and lives in ?\Iissouri : Aaron, who was a 
soldier in the Civil war. is an inmate of the Soldiers' Home at Lafayette: 
two children died in infancy. Aanm Fix was a Democrat in politics, and a 
member of the Baptist church He died in 1874. and his wife in 1877. 

The children of Aaron Fix were: James \'an Benthusen. whose name 
heads this review: Susan, widow of John Karney. now lives in Misson.ri: 
John, deceased, remained single: Abigail marrieii Joseph Robinson and is 
deceased: Anth.'my. deceased, married Joseph Patters..)n. also dead: William 
and Philip, deceased in early years: Mary Ann married Henry Woodward. 
of Shelbyville. Indiana: Stephen A. married Lennie Doran : Aaron married 
Callie Puft'enbarger. died in 1907. in Greenwood. Indiana. 

James V. B. Fix obtained an education in the common schorls of the 
■county and lived with his parents umil the age of twemy-nnc. when he re- 
moved Uj Owen county and farmed there fnr six years. He married the 
first time Rulannie Randr.lph. of Washington township. Shelby county, in 
1852. She died in 1854: there were no children. In March. 1857. he went 
fo Nebraska and Kansas, tinally lucating in Kansas, where he bought a claim 
of two hundred eighty acres in Xemaha count}-. He lived there two years and 
part of that time assisted a government force in .surveying roads and laying out 
sections in the county. He returned to Shelby county in 1858. and purchased the 
land where he now lives in section 36. Shelby township. He married the second 
time. Mahala Ann Burkett. of Owen county. Indiana, she dying in 1S74. 
There were seven children by this marriage: ^Margaret, deceased: John A., 
a farmer in Scott county, Indiana, who married Jane Jackson: Stephen S. 


lives at Greenwood. Indiana, married I'luebe Dill: James, who married Miss 
Endicott, is now ■^u])erinicndent c:i oil fields near Ijakersliekl. California: 
Charles, deceased: William M. married Dollie Smith, deeeasetl. He is niiw 
living with James: Walter died young. 

James Fix marricil the third time in 1876 to .Arabelle Karney who was 
born in Washington township. Slielhy county, ami a daugliter of John and 
Susan Karney. James \'. B. Fix has two childiren by his third wife, as fol- 
lows: \'oris M.. a farmer in Shelby tuwnshi]). who married Margaret Cherry: 
he has two sons. Leota married Fdward Stephens, of Shelby township. 

James V. B Fix is a Democrat in politics and has served four years as a 
Justice of the Peace. He became a member of the Free Will I'apti^t 
church in 1859. His present wife is a member f)f tb.e Christian church. He 
has long been identified with the farming interests of the county in which he 
lives, and is known and respected by a large circle of friends. 


Before thg War of the Rebellion had begun to call for the manhood of 
the nation. James Courlney and hi? family, of Harrison county. Kentucky, 
started northward to found a new- home. It was in 1855 that the family 
settled in section 9. Shelby townshitx Shelby county. Indiana, and became 
Hoosiers. One of tlie children was Sanders Courtney, who was born in old 
Kentucky, on his father's farm, and assistefl his father in starting a home in 
Indiana. He was but a stripling, being born ni 1842, and he knew what the 
privations and hardships were in starting a new home in a new and alien 
state. The elder Courtney was no pampered child of fortune, and what of 
the world's possessions in his hands came there by dint of hard work and 
savings. The land he took up in Shelby county was wild and rough. He 
obtained fifty-two acres and set about to make a home. There was an old 
log cabin on the place, and this he made comfortable, and set about making 
his farm tillable. He was nobiy assisted by his- wife, who was Elizabeth Mc- 
Kinney before her marriage, and. like her husband, a native of the Blue Crass 
state. The two worked hard anrl in after years saw the result of their lab?r. 
They both died on the old home place they had helped to make. To the 
union were born five children, as follows: Edward, deceased; Sanders, the 
subject of this review: Richard, single and retired as a farmer: Eliza Frances, 
dead : James, dead. 

Sanders Courtney obtained a meager education in the common schools 
and wdien he was twenty-one years old started to do for himself. He was 
married i.>n March 10. 1S64. to Mary R. Parish. She was a native of Ken- 

622 CHADWICK's history of SHELBY CO., IXD. 

tucky. having been bom "in Mercer county, and a daughter of Charles J. 
and Ehzabetli Ann (Seths) Parish. The Parishes came to Jolmson countv. 
Indiana, in 1S55. where Charles Parish obtained employment in a mill as a 
miller. Three years later they went to Shelby township. Shelby countv, 
where he t'jok up the work of farming, which he continued until his death. 
His wife died later in Shelby township. She was noted as a worker in the 
Christian church. To this union were born ten children, as follows: Lucinda. 
deceased; David \\'.. deceased; Elizabeth lives in Washington township; 
Mary R., wife of Sanders Courtney; Polly lives in Kentucky; Erastus. of 
Shelbyville, Indiana: Sallie, deceased; Henry, deceased: George, deceased; 
Charles, deceased. 

Sanders Courtney, after his marriage, started out ti.: nuike a home for 
himself and wife. were largely endowed with worldly property, and 
he was forced to go to work for twenty-eight dollars a month until they could 
get a foothold. Later b.e rented a farm and obtained a start, and continued 
leasing until iSSo. when he purchased twenty acres in section 20. Shelby 
township. Here the family lived in a log cabin until the home place was 
built in 1S93. Sanders Courtney laljored incessantly and improved his farm 
with modern buildings and other improvements, besides addmg to his hold- 
ings until he has ninety-two acre.-, of valuable land. Two children were reared 
and one boy. James, died in infancy. Thomas M. is now occupying a part of 
his father's farm ; he married Amanda Young. Hugh died when he was 
nineteen years old. Mr. Courtney has been a farmer all his life and incident- 
ally raises horses and cattle. Pie is a lover of tine horses and his farm is 
well stocked with them. He has been a life-long fJemocrat. but h.a? never 
aspired to ol^ce. His life has been devoted to his famih- and l:is farm, and 
what success he has attained he declares i? not only due to himself, but to 
his faithful, hard-working wife. 


As a soklier himself, and a grandson of a soldier, a man who loves his 
country and flag, and knows what it is to be identified with its uplift. Edmund 
Henley Dunn points with pride to his ancestry and to his own service in the 
great cau^e of human liberty. He was born in Rush county, Indiana, on 
June 7, 1842. the son of Wilson and Amelia (Young) Dunn. Wilson was 
of hardy Virginia stock, and his good wife a native of Ohio. Wilson Dunn 
was a son of Edmund Dunn, also of \^irginia. who moved to Rush county, 
Indiana, when the father of Edmund Dunn was but nine years of age. They 
were pioneers, and in later years moved to Shelby county, where the elder 


Dunn and his ccnuort dio<,t. Tlie fulldwing' cliiulrcn were lioni to iliein : Jcjlin, 
Rhoda, Jane, Wilson, fatlier of Edmund II.: Xancy, Fannie. Emily. Ma- 
linda and Lewis. 

Jolni Young, the grandfather of Edmund II.. \vas a native of Ohio, and 
came to l\ush county in the early days, where he lived out his life. He was 
a minister in the Regular church.. His children were: Th inipscn, 
Barnet, Lewis. Doruthca. Amelia. Minerva and Clemmie. 

Wilson Dunn receix'ed his education in the common schools of his day, 
and lived at home until his marriage. In 1854 he went to Clark county, Il- 
linois, where he farmed seven years, removing then to Sh.elby county. In- 
diana, and locating in Addison tiiwnship. near Shclbyville. where he and his 
wife lived until their demise. He was a Republican in politics, but held no 
office. By profession he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. 
The four children born to the union were: Edmund H., Martha, married C. 
J. Limpus, of Shelbyville; Celeste, who died in Illinois; John S., wiio died at 
the age of thirteen. 

Ednnmd H. Duim. like others of his time, was limited in his schoul op- 
portunities, but man.aged to obtain the rudiments of an education that helped 
him in after life. lie was first married to Augusta Thompson in August. 
i8<55. She died in 1866. leaving one child, Edmund A. In 1872 he married 
Missouri A. Barnes, of Xoble township, Shelby ccunty. She was a daughter 
of Elisha and ]\Iary (Gregory) Barnes, both natives of Kentucky. They 
settled in Shelby county. Indiana, in Xoble township, and later removed to 
Shelby township, where he carried on general farming. They botli died in 
this township. Xine children were born to them, six of whom are living. 
One daughter was born to Edmund H. Dunn and liis second wife. Mary A., 
who died in 1S92. She was the wife of Benjamin F. Faulkner, and they had 
one son, Howard K.. who was born in 1S92, and who is still living at home. 

In 1865 Edmund H. Dunn located in Addison township, Shelby county, 
where he lived until 188S, when lie bought his present farm in Slielby town- 
ship, of thirty acres. Although he was a carpenter by trade and worked 
much at this vocation. >-et he made many improvements on his farm and 
brought it up to a high state of fertility. 

On December 19. 1863. he enlisted in Company B. Seventieth Indiana 
Regiment of \'olunteers. at Shelbyville, Indiana, and served thr:>ughout the 
War of the Rebellion. He, with his command, was sent from Indianapolis 
to the South by way of Louisville and Xashville, and thence t<j I^:^okout 
Mountain, where he remained until May i. 1864. He took part in the At- 
lanta campaign, being with General Sherman in his memorable march to 
the sea. He marched from Xashville, Tennessee, to Washington, D. C, where 
he took part in the grand review, and was later honorably discharged. His 
grandfather Young was in the War of 18 12, and the grandson at one time 


visited the t<irt at Sn\annali. Ceorg-ia. where he tuuiid srandsire's name 
enrolled among the n.^ter of sMdicrs of that eventful contliet. 

Edmund Dunn and wife are memhers oi tl:e Missionary T.aiitist church. 
where they have been identified for many years as Christian workers and citi- 
zens of in.lluence in the ct inmunit\- in which thcv live. 


Born of thrifty German parents. Peter Hey. Jr.. while not equipped with 
wealth, was well provide 1 with hrains and brawn to enalile him to make his 
way in the world. lie hr-^t saw th.e light on SeiHember 23, 1S43, in Mill- 
hofen. Germany, being the son cf Peter Hey. Sr., who was born June _'0. 
1S16. in the same town. The elder Hey took t > wife Catherine Ottman. of 
the village of Xerderhorbach. She was born Xuvtmber 27, 1816, and died 
in Shelby township several years ago. He received his education in Germanv 
and was a farmer there until he married in 184J. Some years later, in 185 1. 
he bade farewell to th.e Faderland. and with his family started for free Amer- 
ica. In those days the sailing vessel was the means of trans-oceanic travel, 
and Peter Hey and his little flock embarked for a three months' voyage. It 
finally ended, and they disembarked at Xew Orleans, their port of entn,-. 
Contii^uing their travel by water the sturdy farmer and his family went up 
the Mississippi and Ohio rivers to Cincinnati, where a home was established 
near th.e city. The senior Hey engaged in farming and gardening- until 1856, 
when he sought a home in Hoosierdom, settling in Addison township. Shelby 
county, and going to work for John DePrez on a farm. He stayed here for 
a year and then rented land for four years more. Later he obtained eighty 
acres of government land in section 13. Shelby township. The land was 
heavy an.d \vet. and largely covered with timber, but offered possibilities to 
the thrifty German. He chopped the trees that went into his log cabin and 
started to make a home for himself and famih'. E'y dint of hard work and 
saving he added onto this little farm until he accumulated two hundred and 
fifty acres. He cleared up abr)ut one hundreil fifty acres and still lives on 
the place that he bnuight into cultivation. He has always been a farmer and 
applied his knowledge of agriculture to his ultimate success. He is a mem- 
ber of the German Evangelical Protestant church. While he has always 
taken more or less interest in politics, and a Democrat in his political affilia- 
tions, he has never aspired to office. Peter Hey, Sr.. was the father of eight 
children, as follows: Peter, Jr., the subject of tliis biography: Jacob, who 
married .Amanda Ross, both being dead, one child, Catherine. sur\-iving; 
Margaret, who married Jjhn Emerich, of Shelley townshij). has two chilflren : 

chadwick's histokv of siii:i.BV CO., iNu. 625 

George, who married Christina Parr, is a farmer of Rush county, and has two 
children ;' John, who is farming- the old homestead in Shelby township, mar- 
ried Louisa Bates: Catherine married John Bird, of Rush county, and thev 
have two children : Daniel married Samantha Schutt and lives in Shelhy 
township and has eight children. The eighth child died in infancv. 

Peter Hey. Jr.. attended a German school two years and the common 
school of Shelb}' county, but o\\ ing to the circumstances surrounding him at 
the time had little chance to better his educational attainments. He lived at 
home until he was twenty-seven years old and married in 1S72. to Minerva 
E. Aiaple. of Shelby township. His bride was the daughter of David and 
Frances (Gore) Maple, he bein.g a native of Peimsyh-ania. and she of Vir- 
ginia. They came to Shelby county when mere children, and lived there all 
their days. 

Peter Hey. Jr.. has ten children, as follows: William, single, living at 
home; Charles, a farmer in Xoble township, marrieil I-T.ances Collins: they 
have one child. John, single. em[)!oyed in the oil helds at Oil Center. Cal- 
ifornia: Catherine, wife oi Delman Clark, a farmer in Addison t )\\nship, has 
one child: Minnie is the wife of Alvin Ray, a farmer in Shelby township, and 
has three children, Rufus, Mary and Carl. David married Xora Mohr, lives 
on a farm in Shelby township ; George. Thomas, Martha and Daniel are all 
living at ht_^me. 

Peter Hey, Jr., has always been engaged in farming, having entered 
that vocation soon after leaving home, on his own account, and is still living 
in Shelby township in section 24. He acquired twenty-three acres of land, 
which was rough and untilled. He built a log cabin and a stable and in 1892 
erected a fine farm home and made all the improvements as they stand today. 
As a result of his toil he has an excellent fann and surroundings, well 
stocked with sleek and thrifty-looking cattle, horses and swine. Mr. Hey 
never aspired to any political office, though he has worked and affiliated with 
the Democratic party. He cast his religious lot with the Evangelical Lu- 
theran church and is credited by his friends and neighbors as having lived 
the life of a useful citizen. 


Among the enterprising farmers and public-spirited citizens of Hen- 
dricks township is ^lartin Luther Jenkins, a man of high standing and wide 
influence in his community and a rei)resentative of an old and highly esteemed 
family whose history has been identified with that of Indiana since about the 
year 181 2. Mr. Jenkins" paternal ancestors were among the early settlers 
of Massachusetts of which state his grandfather. Prince Jenkins, was a native. 


626 CUADWICK's history of SIIEI.KV CO., IXD. 

His father, Oren Jenkins, was also born in tlie same c minionwealth an<l first 
saw the Hglit of day on Cape Cod, where the family appear to have resided 
for many years. About the year iSu Prince Jenkins moved his familv from 
their Xew England home to Franklin C'lunty. Indiana, making the trip by 
■vvagon and flat-boat, and experiencing many vicissitudes and not a few hard- 
ships on the way. Shortly after arriving at his destination he entered a quar- 
ter section of land in Franklin county, which he imjiroved and upon \vhich 
he lived the remainder of his days, having been accidentally killed by falling 
from the top of a fence years after migrating to this state. 

Oren Jenkins, who accompanied his father to Indiana, after living for 
some years in Franklin county, removed to Preble county, Ohio, where he 
engaged in agricultural pursuits and wh.ere lie continued to make his home 
until 1866, when he changetl his resilience to Shelby county, where his death 
occurred two years later. He was reared a farmer and in connection with 
agriculture taught school for a number of years, and studied medicine which 
he practiced to some extent in Ohio and Shelby c.iunty, Indiana. He was a 
prominent member of the Christian church and an influential local jiolitician 
of the Republican party, and in different capacities proved a valuable man 
to his community and a high-minded, praiseworthy citizen. 

Charity Cregar, wife of Oren Jenkins, was born near Springdale. Ohio, 
and departed this life on tlie famil_\- homestead in She!l)y county in 18S7, at 
the age of seventy-four years. She. tuo, was a devoted member of the 
Christian church and a woman of many sterling virtues whose in.Huence made 
for the good of all with whoin she mingled. She bore her husband fi\-e chil- 
dren, all of whom grew to maturity, tlitir names being as follows: Eliza, 
Anna B., Alinerva, Oren and Martin P., of this review, the last named, and 
Anna B., of Nebraska, being the onl_\- survivors of the family at this time. 

Martin Luther Jenkins was born .\pril 2j. 1843. in Franklin crainty, 
Indiana, and spent his early life at the place of his birth, receiving a good 
education in the public schools. When a lad ten years of age, he accoinpanied 
his parents to Ohio, and after living in the counties of Butler and Preble, 
that state, until 1S66, removed to Shelliy county, Indiana, since which time 
he has been closely identi?.ed with the agricultural and general interests of 
Hendricks township for the last forty-three years. Mr. Jenkins taught .school 
for eleven years, but his life has lieen principally that of a tiller of the soil. 
His farm, containing one hundred and twelve acres, is admirably situated in 
one of the finest agricultural districts of Hendricks township, is well im- 
proved and uiuler a high state of cultivation and coinpares favorably with 
any other place of like area in the county, the buildings being modern and in 
good repair, and everything on the premises bespeaking the presence of an 
intelligent and ui)-to-date agriculturist, wdio believes in the dignity of his 
vocation and keeps in close touch with the times in all matters relating thereto. 


Mr. Jenkins is a Republican ami an ardent supporter of liis party, but 
has never Ijeen a pi;litician, much less an office-seeker. He was a devoted 
friend of the I'nion during- the Civil war. using- his influence in maintaining- 
a loyal sentimtiu in the c^'mmunit}'. 

Mr. Jenkins lias been twice married, the lirst time in 1807. to Maiv E. 
Piatt, daughti r of Denjamin ■ and Anna (Carter) Piatt, of Bartholomew 
county, who tlied in 1880. leaving besides her liusband, six children to mourn 
their loss, namely: Aug-iista. who is single and resides in Salt Lake City. Utah: 
Samuel, who married Ida .\lexander. mw li\es in Johnscin countv, Indiana, 
being the father of two children, John and Pay: Ollie. the third in order of 
birth, is the wife of Lewis Rinehart. of Shelbyville, and the mother of one 
son by the name of Russell; William B.. the next in succession, is a farmer 
of Shelby county, and the head of a family consisting of a wife and one child 
by the name of Lucile. the former before her marriage having been Salina 
McMahan. Delia, the fifth of the subject's children, died in 1S95. the young- 
est being Fred P.. who married Lillie M. Seely. and wln) recently nicved to 
Canada, where he is engaged in agricultural pursuits. 

Mr. Jenkins' second marriage was solemnized in 1892. with Mrs. Mary 
A. Shafer, juv McGinnis, a native of Shelby county. She is highly esteemed 
in the community where she resides. Like her husband she is a sincere mem- 
ber of the Christian church. 


Among the well known residents of Shell)}- county who have finished 
life's journe\- and gene to their reward, the nan-ie of the late Henry L. Ross. 
of H'endricks township, is worthy of especial notice. An honorable man in 
all of his relations and dealings, an enterprising citizen who ever manifested 
an active interest fur the public good, he did well his part and left to his de- 
scendants the mcn-iory of an honored name. Mr. Ross was a native of Butler 
county, Ohio, born November 20, 1830. His parents. James and Phrebe 
(Tucker) Ross, moved from Xew Jersey to Ohio in an earh- day and were 
among the pioneer settlers of Butler cunty, where they continued t^" reside 
until their removal in i8_}.8 to Shelby county, Indiana. Locating in Hendricks 
township. Mr. Ross purchased land. cle:ired antl improved a fine farm on 
which he and his good wife spent the rem.ainder of their days, and which for 
a nui-nber of vears was the home of their four children, whose names are 
as follows: Maria, widow of Richard Xorris: Henry L.. wh.ose name intro- 
duces this sketch; Benton and Charlotte, decea^ed. 

Henry L. Ross was a bov when the family remo\ed to Shelbv countv. 


and, like the majority of country lads, spent his youth and early manhood amid 
the duties of farm life. In the meantime he attended such schools as the 
county afforded until acquiring a fair education. He remained with his 
parents until he was twenty-fcuir years of age. wlien he se\ ered hume tics 
and engaged in agricultural pur-uits upmi his own respunsibiliiy. In De- 
cember, 1859. he contracted a marriage with Louisiana Salla. who was born 
in Rush county, Indiana, in the year 1S41. lier parents. Lewis and Julia 
Ann (Gordon) Salla. being early residents of that .part of the state and 
among the most estimable people of the community in which they lived. 
Lewis Salla, a native of Rhode Island, came to Indiana in 18 [9. and .settled 
in Franklin county, removing later to Rush cnunty. where, in connection with 
farming, he taught sch.ool for a iiumber of years, having been a man of much 
more than ordinary intelligence and culture. In 1852 he di.sposed of his in- 
terests in Rush ciamty, and purchased two hundred acres of land in Shelt)y 
county, which he improved and converted into one of the finest farms in Hen- 
dricks township, and on which he made his home until called from earthly 
scenes in the year 1879. He was a man of reputable standing in the com- 
munity, public-spirited in all the term implies, and during the latter part of 
his life was a Ir^crd minister of the Metlv^-di^t Ei)iscopal church, his original 
religious views. howe\-er. having been in harmony with the teaching of the 
Church of the Disciples, of whicli he was for some years a devoted member. 

Julia Ann Gordon', wife of Lewis Salla. was born in Kentucky, and wh.en 
a child was taken by her parents to PVanklin county, Indiana, the country at 
that time abounding in wild animals, while Indians still roamed the forests 
and caused the pi-meers no little trouble and annoyance. She grew to Vv'oman- 
hood and married in Franklin county, became the mother oi a large number 
of children, and was a woman of high character and blameless life, a sir.cere 
Christian and for many years an influential member of the ]\Iethodist Epis- 
copal church: she died in the year 1S75. Of the tlfteen children born to 
Lewis and Julia Ann Salla. thirteen grew to maturity, the surviving members 
of the familv at this time being Huldah : Mrs. Louisiana Ross: S'.iphia and 
Julia. The following are the names of those deceased: William, Clinton, 
Anna E., Eliza, Melvin, ^ililton. Alfred F., Salina. Catherine, Lewis and 

The marriage of Henry L. and Louisiana Ross was blessed with tne 
children, the oldest of whom, a son by the name of James, Ii\es in Edinburg. 
Indiana; he married Isephena Chesser and has a family of three children. 
viz: Hazel M.. Clarence and Ruth. Xira. the second in order of birth, is the 
widow of Abraham Deupree, and the mother of two children, Louie and Carl : 
Mrs. Deupree is a trained nurse, and for «ome years has made her home in 
Shelbyville. Harry, the third of the family, died when a young man. the next 
in succession being Ida May, the wife of Dr. William Smith, of Bartholomew 


county. Indiana, who has had two cln'!drcn. Edward and F.vclyn. tlie former 
deceased. Carl, the yonnc^est of the number, lives in Kansas Citv. Missouri. 
He is a married man. and the fatlier of one daughter by the name of Irene, 
his wife having- fornierly been Blanclie Snvder. 

Mr. Ross was a hfe-I'Mig Democrat, and a zealuus worker the success 
of his party, and as a reward for his services he was lionored witli ofiicial po- 
sitions from time to time, having been twice elected Trustee of Hendricks 
township, proving a capable and popular public servant. When a young man he 
joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and continued a faithful mem- 
ber of the organization to the end of liis days, exemplifying its principles and 
precepts in his relations with his fellow men. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ross moved to the farm in Hendricks t.nvnship. (.n which 
the latter still lives, in 1861. from which time until the husband"s lamented 
death they labored to improve the place and rear their family, passing- 
through many trials and struggles the meanwhile, but finally becoming prijs- 
perous and comfortable, ^^'ith the interests of each other at heart their niu- 
tual efforts resulted in a large measure of success and for niai-iv rears their 
home was known far and wide as an abode of generous hospitalitv. After 
an active and useful life, fraught with much good Mr. Ross was called to his 
final reward, dying January 23. 1890. Since his death Mrs. Ross has man- 
aged the farm ver\- judiciously and successfully ai-id she is grcatlv esteemed 
by her neighbors and friends, being a sincere Christian and devoted member 
of the Baptist church rif Si-ielbyville : she shows her faith by her works. 


Among the foreign-b<irn citizens of Shelb\- count\- who have achie\-ed 
success in their chosen calling and gained tlie esteem and confidence of those 
with whom they n-iingle. the name of Andrew Ziegler. of Hendricks town- 
ship, stands out distinct and is entitled to more than passing notice in this con- 
nection. As the name indicates. Mr. Ziegler is of German birth and belongs 
to the large and eminently respectable element of diat nationality in our body 
politic whose influence has tended so greatly to tiie material developn-ient of 
the county and inspired such a profound regard for its laws and institutions. 
He was born February 20. i860, in Wurtemberg, Germanv, and when two 
years of age, was brought to the United States by his parents. Joseph and 
Mary (Mack) Ziegler. who came directly to Shelby county. Indiana, where 
for some time thereafter tb.e father earned a livelihood for his family ;is a 
farm hand. 

After working by the day until 1865. Joseph Ziegler rented land in Hen- 

Ct^O CHADWICK's history of SHELBY CO., IND. 

dricks townsiiip and this way devoted his aUcntion to agriculture for several 
years, meeting witli gratifying success and earning the reputation of an enter- 
prising and wortliy citizen. He was a man of sterling integrity and great 
industrv. provided well for those dependent up^n him and am. ng his neigh- 
bors and friends was always held in great esteem. He was an hunured resi- 
dent of Shelbv county from the time of his arrival, in 1S62, until his death 
in 1905. a period of foriy-one years, during all of which time his character 
was above reproach and his inllnence on the side of right as he saw and 
undcrsti^od the right. Mrs. Ziegler. who was a of rep-.uable -standing 
in the community, energetic-and devoted to her family, survived her hu.-band 
about three years, departing this life in 1908. This estimable couple were 
life-long Catholics and greatly attached to the Holy Mother church. Origin- 
ally Mr. Ziegler was a Democrat, but becoming dissatisfied with the policy of 
the party on certain important questions, he subsequently transferred his al- 
legiance to the Republican parly, m the principles of which he continued loyal 
to the day of his death. Joseph and Mary Ziegler were the parents of six 
children: Andrew oi this review: Rosa, who married William Higgins and 
lives in Shelbyville : Matilda, wife of Nicholas Rembush : William, a farmer 
of Hendricks townsiiip: Mary, now Mrs. William Tlu-a-'ier. and Margaret. 
who is the wife of Melvin Collins. 

As stated in a preceding paragraph. Andrew Ziegler was but two years 
of age when his parents came to the United States, since which time he has 
lived in Shelby county and has been closely identified with the gr-nvth and 
prosperity of the township of which he is n.nv an enterprising farmer and 
honored citizen. He enjoyed the advantages of a common school education. 
spent his vouth amid the duties and responsibilities of rural life and until his 
twentv-fourth year remained with his parents, looking after their interests 
and ministering to their comforts, when he selected a true help-meet in the 
person of Retta Lewis, a popular young lady of Hendricks township, who 
was born in Atlanta. Georgia, of which state her parents. Henry and Emmel- 
ine Lewis, were also natives. Owing to circumstances impossible to control, 
Mr.. Lewis at the breaking out of the Civil war, was induced to enter the Con- 
federate army, though strongly Union in his sympathies, but after, serving 
for some time his inclinations, he finally deserted, and with his family 
came north, locating in Shelby county, where he earned a livelilmod for a few- 
years as a farm hand, later taking charge of a toll-gate on. a turnpike, in which 
capacity he spent the remainder of his life, dying in December. 18S0. his 
wife in April, 1894. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis were active members of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, and much esteemed by their neighbors and friends. 
They became the parents of the following children : Julia, wife of \\'illiam 
Curr: Laura, now Mrs. Joseph Cooper: Xancy. who married James Reimett : 
William: Mrs. Andrew Ziegler and George Lewis, all living e.Kcept William, 
who died in Kentuckv. while the family was moving north. 

chadwick's history of shelry CO., ixD. 631 

Mr. and Mrs. Ziej;:^Ier enjn\ to a niarkec! dcs^ree the cnnt'idcnce and es- 
teem of all who come within their .sphere of intluoiice. Their attractive farm 
on Marietta Turnpike, about seven miles from Shelbyville. is in a liic^h state 
of cultivation, and otherwise well imi)roved. lieing among th.e most beauti- 
ful and desirable places of residence in Hendricks township, thoug-h not as 
large as some nf the farms in the vicinity. Mr. Ziegler was reared a Cath- 
olic, and has always remained loyal to the teachings and traditions of that 
church. His wife is a liaptist in her religious faith, and a faithful member 
of the church in Smithlaud. Their family consists of three children: Charles. 
Albert an(.l [Mary, all living and with their parents, and constituting a mutual- 
ly happy and contentetl hnnsehold. 


Amrmg those win came o\'er fn^m Germany during the great tide of im- 
migration that flowed in previous to the Civil war, was Andrew Kuhn. a 
young man full of ambition to test tlie fortunes in the Xew World. After 
a tedious voyage of forty days from the German port to Xew Orleans, the 
boat was taken up the ri\-er to Cincinnati, at which place the new comer ar- 
rived during the summer of 1848. He brought with him his wife, formerly 
Anna Mary Thcoliald, and a sprightly young son named George M., who 
was then about three years old. Andrew's intention was to buy land in In- 
diana, and with this in view he walked from tlie Ohio city to Shelliy county. 
found a wild tract in Union township, and closed the bargain by paying one 
thousand two hundred dollars in silver. Tie had had no e.xperience as a 
farmer, and hardly knew an axe when he saw it : he felt awkward when con- 
fronted with the task of clearing and modernizing a r:;ugh acreage of un- 
improved timber. But he soon "caught on." and by application of German 
industry. German sense and German thrift, he made a success of his venture 
as an agriculturist in th.e western \vilderness. He was religiously inclined 
and took much interest in such matters, helping to establish the new German 
Lutheran church in L'nion township. He achieved success in his business 
ventures and being well educated, of a social turn and a good mixer, he be- 
came fjuite popular in the commimity. His wife lieing also a member of one 
of the pioneer German families, there was eventually formed a considerable 
colony of these people ^^hose national traits and racial characteristics gave 
a distinct coloring to the population immediately around them. 

George Michael Kuhn was born in C.ermany, January 16. 183S. being old 
enough to take notice during the luemorable voyage across the Atlantic, .\fter 
reaching Indiana he soon became Americanized bv contact with the other 

63^ CHADWICK's history ok SHELBY CO., I.\D. 

boys in the jnililic schools. ciJid by being tlirown in ciimection' with children 
of the well-to-do families. The children of (icrnian ininiit;rants scon ac- 
quire our language. mi.\ easily with the people and ab-orb their custom.s. 
When in turn he became a farmer, it was with a full understanding" of the 
duties and responsibilities of that calling. He so )n acc[uired a reputation as 
painstaking, methotlical and conservati\ely i)rogressi\'e. understanding how 
to get the work done and dispose of his prnducts to the btsl advantage. In 
short he achieved success and became knuwn as imc of Shelbv count v's solid 
farmers. He cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln, and has always been 
patriotic in his views. On the 24th of December. i86o. Mr. Kuhn was mar- 
ried to Mary Catherine, daughter of John Michael and Mary Catherine 
(Baker) Haug. She was born in Uni(jn township, Shelby county. August 
3, 1833. her parents being Germans who emigrated in youth, married and 
settled in Union township, Shelby county, and IkuI two children. Mrs. Kuhn 
and Mrs. John Gayheimer. Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn became the ptrents of 
seven children: ]\Iary. wife of Jacob Kuhn. Jr.. of l'nir:n township; Sarah, 
Avidow of Michael Birt, of Union township: Edward, now deceased, married 
^largaret ?klidkiff: Charles, deceased, married Xancy Shortley: Katherine 
died when sixteen years old: Emma, deceased: Richard, now dead, married 
May' Lin\'ille. The family are members of the German E\-angelical c'lurch. 
and enjoy high regard ar.nng their neighbor> for possession of staple \'ir- 
tues wh-ich make their life worth the living. 


Neighbors were few and fai between, roads an unknown convenience, 
and security of life not a certainty when William Holbronk and wife, grand- 
parents of the subject of this sketch, left their home in North Carolina, and 
came to Indiana. One of their sons. John, father of John Jefferson, was 
eleven years old upon their removal to Indiana. He became a farmer and 
cle\-oted his days to that calling, living in Union township. Shelby county, the 
remainder of his life. He was a member of the Baptist church of Union 
township, and was an active worker. He did much to promote the usefulness 
of the church and exerted a wholesn'me influence upon the life in the com- 
munity. He died April 3, 1900. He was married to Mary .\nn Brown 
(Hurst), and the following children were born to them: Barbara, who mar- 
ried Sampson Meiks ; Robert, William E., John Jefferson. Mary Jane and 
James, both deceased : George W. and Levi. 

John had no chance for educati^m. but he received first hand disciidine 
in the dailv duties on the farm, and this fitted him for the arduous labors 

ciiadwick's history of shelrv CO., iND. 633 

that ci-nfruiitei! liim as a man. lie roniained. at the iiarcntal hMnH"^tca(l dur- 
ing the life of iiis parents and niana,L;ed the affairs of tlie h mie. 

In 1895 Mr. Holbrnok married Kva Ma_\ (Jemld) Smith, w Im was 
born in Liberty township, this c unty. I'"ebruarv -'4. iSdj. Site was the 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jerold. She iiad twn children by lier first 
husband. James W. Smith, viz: Jessie L.. bnrn Januar\- J5. 1885. and Ernest 
A.. l)orn March 22. 1890. Mr." and Mr>. are "tlie 'parents :>f two 
children — Carrie Dennis, born January 23. 18110. and .\lbert .\., Imrn Xo- 
vcmbor 29. 1899. 

Mr. Holbrcok has a well-ordered farm and a comfnrtable hi. me. well 
supplied with the conveniences of modern farm life. The farm has been his 
home since the time of his birth, and he takes great delight in giving the 
work of the place his personal attention. He is a progressive fanner and de- 
votes his attention to some extent tn live stock. His methods of stock raising 
and agriculture are in keeping with the progressive spirit of the times, and 
his prosperity is a monument to his thrift and ably directed efforts. ?Ie has 
never sought public office, but takes a keen interest in the general affairs of 
the day. and keeps fully abreast of the affairs of world-wide importance, 
and also of the minor affairs that g(-) to make up the varied and often com- 
plicated prolilems of local c> immunity life. He is a member of the Christian 
L'nion church, of Rav's Crossing. 

Ia:mes tally ckim. 

The name that heads this sketch has long Ixen a familiar one in Shell)}- 
county (jn accnunt of the fact that the founders were among the pioneer set- 
tlers of this section, and the descendants have made this their home continii- 
ously from the early days of the county's history. James Tallv Crim was 
born in L'nion township, this county, June 7. 1840. He is the son 'if Lewis 
and Charity (Linville) Crim. both of whom were natives of Guilford county. 
North Carcilina. 

Lewis Crim was born October 19, 1797, his forefathers having come 
from I^ngland. as did also those of Charity Linville. The Linvilles came 
over to America on a sailing vessel. The great-grandmother died while 
crossing the ocean and her body was consigned to the deep. The family was 
at one time owners of slaves, but this practice was abandoned before their 
emigration to Indiana. Lewis Crim and Charity Lin\ille. who was born 
June I, 1797, were married in North Carolina and became the parents of 
three children — Nancy. David and George, all now deceased; they were horn 
in North Carolina. This famil\- removed t.:i Shelbv count\-, Indirma. in about 


1830. tlriving tlin)u,L;li in seven weeks. Here Mr. Crini ^i><m b.uig^ht school 
land, cleared it and put it under cultivation. 

The county was still in a very priniiti\e state, Indians being quite nu- 
merous, and the usual conditions of pioneer life were their lot. Si.x children 
were horn to them after their arrival here: Marv marrieil Thomas Golden, 
botli now deceased, as are also Lewis, Jchn, Jacob and Dorothy, James being 
the only sur\"ivor. 

Mr. Crim tlevoted himself to farming and continued at that work until 
his death February 14, 1S59. He was a pronounced Democrat and took 
an active part in politics. He was a hard-working, successful and well known 
man, and was esteemed by all who knew him. He was a member of the First 
Blue Ridge Baptist church, and later of the Christian church at Manilla. 

James Tally Crim was favored with but meager opportunities for educa- 
tion, having attended for only two terms a subscription school in the neigh- 
borhood. When twenty years old he started out for himself, and in 1870 
was married to Katherine Stewart, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Arclii- 
bald) Stewart, both natives of Pennsylvania. Katherine was born in Rush 
county, Indiana, on April 26, 1842, and after the family came to Indiana 
they made their home in Rush county, this state, until a short time before 
their deaths. 

Mr. and ]\Irs. Crim have become the parents of four children, as follows: 
Ida was born January 5, 1873, and died September 20th. of the same year. 
Edgar E. was born June 2^. 1874: he married Myrtle Talbert, and has his 
home at Shelby ville. Ernest R. was born on Christmas dav, 187S: Sarenas 
was born December 21, 1SS3, and married Ethel Sanderfer: thev are the par- 
ents of one child, Floyd. 

Mr. Crim is quiet and unassuming, and has gained the contidence and 
esteem of his neighbors, who have chosen him frequently to ill! the place of 
Supervisor of the township. -His home and farm bear evidence of energ\- 
and thrift, and are his pride, as representing the fruits of hard work. 


The gentleman of whom the biographer writes in this connection enjoys 
distinctive prestige among the public-spirited men of his native countv, and 
the honor accorded him as an enterprising citizen entitles him to representa- 
tion in a work of the character of this volume. John E. Jones is a native of 
Hanover township, Shelby county, Indiana, and the son of Samuel and ;Mar\- 
J. Jones, the former born in Butler county, Ohio, the latter in Favette cf>untv, 
Indiana, the paternal branch of the fann'ly being Dutch and the tnaternal of 

chadwick's history of shei-i-.v CO., iND 635 

Irish descent. Samuel Jones was l)nni.qlit to Indiana when a bi.y. and ,1.^1 e\v to 
maturity in Rush county, where lie learnetl the cumber's trade. In 1S52 he 
changed his residence to Shelby ctmnty and settledi in Hanover township, 
where he purchased land, cleared a farm and engaged in the pursuit of agri- 
culture in addition to which he attained c<Misiderable Incal pr miinence as a 
politician and a creditable standing as a law-aliidiiig citizen with the best in- 
terests of the community at heart. An earnest and devoted member of the 
Methodist Protestant church, he exercised a wholesome moral influence among 
those with whom he associated, and his death, which occurred in February. 
1903, was deeply lamented by all who knew him. Mrs. Jones, whose maiden 
name was Mary J. McConnell, was a vvoman of high character and excellent 
repute, and those who kiiew her best were profuse in their praise of her man}- 
virtues. She preceded her husband to the grave, dying March 16, iS<JS- :i'"l 
left to mouni their loss two children and a large circle of neighbors and friends, 
to whom tliev were greatly attached. The yoimger of the two children is the 
gentleman whose name furnishes the caption of this article; the older was a 
daughter bv the name of Sarah E.,'who married Theophilus Hargrove, and 
departetl this life at her home in Hanover township a few years ago. 

John K. Tones was born }ilay 17. 1853, in Hanover township, and is the 
onlv representative of his family now living. He was reared amid the bracing 
airs and v.holesome discipline of rural life, received his tirst practical experi- 
ence on a farm and at intervals until his seventeenth year attended the district 
schools. At the age indicated he began farming for himself on rented land, 
and though poor at tlie time, and without any assistance than vigorous 
health and an inborn determination to rise sujierior to his environment, and 
become something more than a n:ere slave of the soil, he gradually overcame 
the obstacles in his way and in due season reaped the reward of industry and 
good management in a fair share of this world's goods. 

On February 14, 1S77. he entered the marriage relaticin with Hester J. 
Keaton, daughter of John and France; F. (Shortridge) Keaton. and as soon 
thereafter as practicable located on a farm of ninety acres, which his wife 
inherited, and where tlie couple lived and prospered until their removal Sep- 
tember 5. 1905. to the village of Gwynneville : meanwliile, by industry, thrift 
and economy adding to their possessions and becoming comfortably situated. 

On changing his residence to the town. Mr. Jones engaged in selling 
drain tile, as agent of Arbuckle & Son, of Homer, Indiana, in connection with 
his agricultural interests, and it was not long until he built up a large busi- 
ness from which he derived very liberal proiits. He still acts as agent and 
enjoys an extensive patronage, and in addition thereto carries on farming 
and stock raising with gratifying success, besides doing considerable notarial 
and other legal business. INlr. Jones took out his commission as notary pul>- 
lic shortly after moving to Gwynneville. and his patronage in this line of 

636 CHADWICK's history of SHEI.KV CO., IXl). 

service has been ven- gratifying as is indicated by the nuinl)er of [jeiiple wlio 
constantly apply to him for assistance and advice, lie has been trustee and 
treasurer since 1S96, of the Asbury cemetery ever since the inception of the 
enterprise and the survey of the plat, besides helping to promote varicus 
other movements and measures having for their object the improvement of the 
town and the social, intellectual and religious advancement of the populace. 

Mr. Jones is a Republican, but not a partisan, and he has never dis- 
turbed his quiet by seeking or aspiring to leadership as a politician. He is 
identified with Morristown Lodge, Xo. 193, Free and Accepted ^lascms, in 
which he holds the office of secretary, and his name also ;ippears on the records 
of Rush Chapter. Xo. 24, Royal Arch ;Masons, and Council, Xo. 41. at Rush- 
ville. I\:r a number of years he has led a Christian life, and the Christian 
church, to which he belongs, has no more earnest or devoted member. He is 
treasurer of the Sunday school organization of the congregation at 
ville. He is also a teacher in the Sunday school. 

Mr. Jones is a reader of the world's best literature, and a critical stu- 
dent of sacred scriptures, and his acciuaintance with the religious history of 
his own and other churches is both general and profound. Reference has al- 
ready been made to his connection with the ancient and linnorable Order of 
Masonry, an organization which., ne.xt to his church, lies nearest his heart, 
and to which he has devoted much study and in which his progress has been 
commendable as is indicated by his present honorable standing in the Brother- 
hood. Mr. and Mrs. Jones have had one child, a son l)y the' name of Arthur E., 
who was born March 15, 1878, and who departed this life en the 21st of 
March, 1895. 


On October 2, 1S43. the gentleman above named was born in Germanv, 
the son of Andrew and Mary (Theobald) Kulm, who emigrate 1 t.i the 
United States in 1848. They were about a month in making the trip, and 
upon their arrival came directly to Shelby ciunty. where Mr. Kuhn bought 
land and established himself upon a farm, where he lived the remainder of 
his days, his death occurring in i860. He was a hard worker, a thorcughlv 
public-spirited citizen, and a member of the German Pnitestant church, in 
which he was always an active worker. His wife. Mary Theobald, was born 
in 1808, and died in 1889. Eight children were born into this familv be- 
fore their departure from the Fatherland: the ninth was born in America. 
These children were Mary (Haehl), Andrew and Conrad, deceased. George 
M., John tl., Barbara (Haehl), deceased, as is also Daniel, the next in ( rder 
of birth; Jacob, our subject, and Catherir.e (Haehl), uf Union township. 


Jacob was reared to inanlK^cd ,,ii tlie luiinejlcad which lie now occiqiies. 
He went to the neighboring schools and received a fair education: the old 
log schcoldiouse where he receixed his preliniinary schooling still stands. 
This building is now an attractive feature, ar.d is one of the interesting land 
marks of early days. Upon reaching his majority. Jacob began life for him- 
self and worked in the neighborhood of his home place. In 1873 he married 
Elizabeth Kney. who was born in Rush county, in 1849. being the dattghter 
of Jacob and Elizabeth i Haehl) Kney. Ten children have been born to this 
union. They are: Aran, who married Frank Cari^on. of Manilla: .\ndrew 
James, who married Lora Fuchs. of Rush county: Edward }'. married E>ilier 
Rees. of Rush county: Elbert lives at h.^me : Katherine. wife of James Xigh. 
of Hanover township: Walter H.. liusb:iiid of Dirdie Gayheimer: Robert is 
at home, as is also Reily, Leander and P>irdie. 

Mr. Kuhn has followed farming all his day^ and has seen great changes 
in methods and equipment since his boyhood days. He has kept abreast of 
the times, and by means of additions and improvements lias kept the famdy 
homestead up-to-date. He has been a vigorous wmker, and always applied 
his efYorts to the best advantage. Of recent years his health has been some- 
what impaired on account of rlieumatism. but his serene spirit and cheerful- 
ness have remained undaunted. He lends active support to the German I'ros- 
estant church of I'nion township, is a Republican, but has never desired ptib- 
lic office, preferring, rather, to devote himself to the farm, while at the same 
time he has kept in close touch v.ith the general needs of tlie community about 
him. His excellent farm comprises two hundred twenty acres, and he also 
owns a farm in Rush county, of one hundred sixty acres. His sons, Andrew 
J. and Edward P., operate this farm. 


The eflorts of Mr. }vtclntire liave been so discerningly directed along 
well defined lines of labor that they have not only prom.ited his individual suc- 
cess, but have conserved the public prosperity and advanced the general 
progress. For some years he has been actively connected with mercantile in- 
terests and he is now the postmaster at Gwynneville, Shelby cninty, in winch 
vicinitv he is known to all and enjoys the respect of everyone. 

David H. ]\lclntire was born in Parke county. Indiana. November 23, 
1853. the son of W. L. and Sarah i Teague) Mclntire. the former a native of 
Bowling Green, Clay county, this state, and he is at this writing living in 
Marshall, Indiana. 

To the subject's parents fourteen children were b^rn, six of are 


living in 1909, namely: William M., Jnhn P.. Elizabeth, wife of Williani II. 
Hogland: Mary M.. wife .'.f William H. Stog.lale. of Marshall. Indiana: Cora 
is the wife of Maiden Ladiz: David H.. subject of this .-ketch. 

Mr. Mclntire was reared in his native CMmmun!t\- and recei\'ed his edu- 
cation in the common schools there, spending liis summer mondis assisting 
witli the work on the farm. He was un.ited in marriage in 1876 to Mary 
Zemina Eplilin, the daughter of a well knuwn family, and to this union two 
children were born. IIenr_\- and Carrie E.. the v.ifc of Ira ^^Jrris. of Marion, 
Indiana. Tlie subject's first wife died in 1SS3. and Mr. Mclntire was again 
married in 18S7. his secund wife being ]\Iary A. Stockdale. to which imion 
one child, Grace, was born. She is the wife of Raleigh McCane. The}- are 
living in Gwynneville. Indiana. 

On August I. 1903, Mr. Mclntire e>taijlis]ied a ger.eral merchandise 
store in Gwynnexdlle, which he still manages, his stick at this writing Ijeing 
extensi\-e and carefully selected, and he has built up an excellent trade with 
the surrounding country. His store is neat and well arranged and liis cus- 
tomers say they always get full value for tlneir money here. 

On December 15, 1904, ^Iv. Mclntire was appointed postmaster of th.e 
local office, his duties ha\'ing begun January i. 1905. ami he is still incum- 
bent of this office. 

In his political relations he votes the Republican ticket, and takes an 
abiding interest in whatever tends to promote the general good of his com- 
munity, wdiether politically, morally or materially. He is a member of the In- 
dependent Order of Odd Pillows, the ^^lasonic Fraternity and the Woodmen. 

Mr. Mclntire is an unassuming man who cares not for notoriety, but he 
deserves the mention that is usually given a self-made man. who has the high 
regard of his manv friends because of a life of industry and honesty. 


Among the successful farmers of Hanover township, is John W. Sulli- 
van, who was born April 12. 1857. in Forsythe county. North Carolina, of 
which state his parents. J. F. and Malissa A. (Wicker) Sullivan, were also 
natives. J. F. Sullivan moved his family to Slielby cour.ty, Indiana, when the 
subject was about two years old, and settled in Hanover township, where he 
spent the remainder of his life as a tiller of die soil, the farm on which he lo- 
cated Iving adjacent to the village of Gwynneville. He was a man of strong 
mentality and wide information., well versed on many subjects and perliaps 
the best scholar of his time in the ci-mmuniiy in which he resided. .\s a 
historian he ranked aniung the best in the state, and he was also th.oroughly 

chadwick's iii>torv of sh KLitv CO., i.\p. 630 

informed on political economy and kindred snbjects. hut his specialty appears 
to have been astronomy, in which he took a regular case, besides making;- a 
number of inde]K'ndeni iiuesiigations, which, with hi< familiarity with recog- 
nized auihorities caused him to be consulted by th 'm- inteve-t'.d in ih.e .-cience. 
He also achieved considerable local distinction as a p -litician. and tor many 
years he was the accepted hader of his party in the locality in which he Ii\ed. 
Mr. Sullivan d.eparicd this life on June 10. 181)5. and in I'ebruary. 1005. his 
wife followed him to the silent land, dying at night, when the other members 
of tlie family were asleep. 

J. F. and Malissa Sullivan were the parents of eight children, the f d'ow- 
ing of whom are living, namely : John \\'.. Xancy V.. who married IJennett 
R. Webb: Tlirmas S. ami Joseph L. 

John W. Sullivan was lirought to Shelby county in 1S59. •'''"f' since that 
time his life has been closely identified with Hanover township, where he 
still makes his home. When old enough to be of service he took his place 
in the wr^ods and fields, and while still a yi^mth made a hand in clearing ilie 
farm and cultivating the soil. During the winter nnjuths he attenderl the dis- 
trict schools and made commendable progress in his studies, and at the age of 
twenty vears began to make his own way in the world by contracting far the 
digging of ditches in varii us parts of Hanover and other townships, devuting 
the winter seasons to this kind of w<>rk, and the remainder of the year to 

Mr. Sullivan early determined to be something more than a mere strug- 
gler for a livelihood, and to this end he bent all of his energies and husbanded 
his earnings. For a number of years he bought and sold lands in Shelby 
and neighboring counties, realizing handsome profits from these judicious 
transactions, and at the same time carried on farming with such success that 
he was finallv accounted one of the well-to-do men of his township. Without 
entering into a detailed account of Mr. Sullivan's business career, suffice it to 
state that from the beginning his advancement was rapid and his ultimate 
success assured. At this time he has large agricultural and real-estate in- 
terests, owning a beautiful and attractive farm of one hundred sixty-five acres 
in Rush county, and an adjoining tract of forty acres just across the line in 
the countv of Favette, both being in a high state of cultivation and well im- 
proved with substantia! buildings, the entire body representing a \ahie of 
about one hundred and forty dollars per acre, every dollar the result of his own 
efforts and good management. 

Always interested in whatever makes for the material progress of his 
township and the welfare of his fellow men. Mr. Sullivan takes an active and 
influential part in public matters, keeps abreast of the times on the political 
issues of the day. and as a Democrat formerly rendered efficient service to 
his partv. liaving been for some years a member of tlie township committee. 

C14O CHADWICK's history of SIIELKV CO., IND. 

besides contributing to tiie success of the ticket in various oilier capacities. Of 
recent years, however, he has subscribed to the Prohibition party, whicii he 
believes is destined to ultimately rid tlie country of the crying evil of the 
rum traffic. 

On September 27. 18S7. Mr. .Sulli\an cimtracted a malrimnnial alliance 
with Alice M. \''an Scyoc. of Hanover tijwnship. a union blessed with two 
children. Scott and Frank, whose births occurred in the years 1889. and 
190J, respectively, both bright and amiable youths pursuing their studies in 
the public sclmols. 

Mr. ar.d Mrs. Sulli\an are widel}- known and highly esteemed and their 
home is the abode nf a generous hospitality, which is freely dispensed to all 
who cross the thrcshoUI. 


One of the widely known citizens of Shelby ci'unty is the subject of this 
sketch, Andrew Hensley. better known as "'Sciuire"' Plensley. He was born 
in Marion county, this state, on l-\liniary 21. 1S43. but when three weeks 
old the family removed to Union township. Shelby ct/unty, and this has been 
his home for the most part since. 

Our subject's father. Andrew Hensley. Sr.. was born in \'irginia, and 
came with his parents to Shelby county, Indiana, in pioneer days. Grand- 
father Hensley later went to Greenup, Illinois, and never returned to Indiana. 
He and his father were members of the Continental army during the Revolu- 
tionary war, and both saw much active service. 

Isabel Glidweil (Hensley), yir. Hensley's motlier. was born in South 
Carolina, December 14, 1798. and when si.x years of age emigrated with her 
parents to Virginia. Later the family removed to Ohio, settling in the ^Sliami 
Valley, from whence they later advanced to Union county. While in L'nion 
county Isabel was married to her first hu>band. Thomas Creek : three children 
were born to this couple, viz: ^Inry Ann, David and William. Her husband 
died there, and later the widow emigrated to Shelby county, Indiana, settling 
in Union township, where she later married Andrew Hensley, Sr. This 
union was graced with the following children: Thomas, born August 21, 
1833; James, born February i, 1837, dietl in Kansas. March 27, 190S. Our 
subject was the next child in the order of birth. The fourth was Eliza Jane, 
born July 26, 1840. followed by Isabel, who died when young. Mrs. Hens- 
ley attained the age of eigbty-seven years, and she was a courageous as well 
as a frugal mistress of the household. Their pioneer experien.ces were such 
as were common to the days when wild animals ranged about the cabin at 
night, and the Indians were still familiar sights in the land. The present 


hoineslead is on the old W'hitsel trail that ran from Connersville to St. Louis, 
and was only a blazed trail at the time when this family arri\ed. 

Andrew Henslcy had but limited opportunity for educatinn and when 
l\)urteen years of age started out to make his own way in the world. His 
father had died a few months before Andrew's birth, and this made it neces- 
sary for the children to lend a lieli)ing- hand f ir the care of the family, as soon 
as they were aVile. 

On March 22, 1S6S. Mr. Henslcy was joined in marriage to Dorothy 
Wicker, daughter of Samuel and Xaomi (Phares) Wicker. She was born 
in I'nion township, this county, on May 8. 1840, and has become the mother 
of the foll'nving children: Rosetta. wife of P. J- Theobald: Xora J., wife 
of C. C. Cherry: Franklin, husband of Florence McDaniel : Pearlie J,, mar- 
ried M. T. Moore; Samuel A. married Minnie O. Theobrild, and Minnie 
May, wife of Frank Hankins. 

In 1862 Mr. Hensley enlisted in Company A, of the Forty-first Indiana 
\'olunteer Cavalry, and saw three years of hard, active service, tluring 
eighteen months of which he was orderly sergeant. He was in the depart- 
ment of the Cumberland under General Sherman, engaged in such conflicts 
as the ones at Chickamauga and Resaca, and obtained the reputation of being 
a hard fighter. 

Since the war he has engaged in farming, and has a well impro\-ed farm 
of eight}' acres. Fie is a Republican in pilitics, and for twenty-eight years 
he has filled the oftice of Justice of the Peace. He is a member of the Chris- 
tian church. 


This enterprising farmer and stock raiser is a native of Indiana, but 
traces his ancestry on the paternal side to Denmark, in which country his 
grandfather. Christian Xelson, was born and reared. Christian X'elson spent 
the first eighteen years cf his life in the city of Copenhagen, and then shipped 
as a sailor, which vocation he followed tmtil attaining his majority, wh.en he 
quit the sea and came to the United States. Locating in Rush county, Indiana, 
shortly after his arrival he engaged in agricultural pursuits and in due time 
accumulated a sufficiency of worldly wealth to place him in independent cir- 
cumstances, amiiiig his possessions being a finely imjiroved farm of two hun- 
dred fort}- acres in that highly favored part of the state. 

On this farm was born in 1842. W. H. Xelson, the father of the subject 
of this sketch, now a retired farmer livin.g in the town of Arlington, and one 
of the leading citizens of the place. In his young manhood W. H. Xelson 
married Elizabeth Adams, of Rush county, who bore him seven children, si.x 



of whom arc living, the oldest being a daughter by the name of Adella, whose 
birth occurred September i. 1S63. and who on August 13, 1883. became the 
wife of W. H. Eaton, of Gwynneville. Indiana. \'iola. the second of the fam- 
ily, was born ^lay i. 1865. married James Draper on October 13, 18S3. au'l 
lives on a farm in Rush ci:unty: Maggie, born March 5. 18(16. was married 
September 15. 1889. to Perry Collins, and died July. 1901 : Jesse A., of this 
review, the fourth in order of birth, first saw the light of day December 27, 
1S67; John A., of Rush county, was h^vn Xovemlier 6. 1869; Mertie, who 
became the wife of Henry Conoway, January i, 1893, was born on the 22d 
day of May. 1871. Fannie, born June 10. 1874. was married in 1889. to 
Noah Moore and resides on the family homestead, in the county of Rush. 

Jesse A. Nelson was reared to agricultural pursuits on his fatlier's farm 
and received a good education in the district schools which he attended at 
intervals until liis twentieth year. Two years later. March 2j, 1890, he was 
united in marriage with Katie Price, of Rush county, and immediately there- 
after rented the paternal homestead, which he cultivated during the ensuing 
seventeen years with success and profit, accumulating sufficient means in that 
time to purchase a farm of his own to which he removed on the 5th da}' of 
INIarch, 1908. Mr. Nelson's place, which contains one liundred sixty acres 
of fine land in the southeast cjuarter of section 6, Hanover township, is ad- 
mirably situated in one of the best agricultural districts of Shelby county, and 
well adapted to farming and stock raising. He cultiwates his ground accord- 
ing to the latest methods, is a careful student of agricultural science, and by 
a judicious rotation of crops not only insures bountiful yields from his fields, 
but retains in all of its fertility the original pn^ductiveness of the soil. While 
eminently successful as a farmer he ma<Ie the greater part of his moi^.e}- as 
a stock raiser — his cattle, horses and hogs being of improved breeds and 
among the finest in the county. 

Mr. Nelson is a man of intelligence and s.iund judgment, enterpri^ing 
in all the term implies and uses his influence to raise the standard of agricul- 
ture in his community and advance the material interests of his neighbors and 
fellow men. He keeps in touch with the times on all matters of public import, 
manifests a lively regard in local and state politics and votes the Democratic 
ticket, though not a seeker after ofhcc or public preferment. 

His financial success has been continuous and from his extensive farming 
and stock interests, which are among the largest in Hanover township, he 
has amassed a handsome fortune and is today one of the solid men of his com- 
munity! as well as one of the county's most progressive men of affairs. 

Mrs. Nelson was born February 13. 1871, in Rush county, Indiana; she 
has presented her husband with three children, namely: Bessie, born June 23, 
1891 ; Brainard, ?^Iav 26, 1893, and Warren, whose birth occurred on the 
28th of Oct(jber, 1897, all living and well situated as far as the future is con- 

cuArnvicK s history of shklbv co., ixd. 64^ 

cerned. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson arc rosjiectod members of the (iwvnneville 
Christian clnireh, and active and intluential in carrving forwrin! the ^^ 'od wak 
of tlie same, lie hein.L; one of the trustees .f tlie society and a lil)eral cninriljiilor 
to its material su[)purt. 


A veteran .:f the War r.i the ReheUion and a worthy citizen is Jihn H. 
Miller, who has Ix'en accorded many marks oi popular confidence and esteem 
in the community which for so many years has been his home. He was born 
in \'an Buren township. Shelby county, on tlie jSth of March. 1840, and is a 
sen of Jacob K. and Elizabeth ( Kern) Miller, tr.e latter an aunt of Hon. John 
W. Kern, of Indianapolis, which makes the subject a cousin of the dis- 
tingiiished lawyer and politician, who was in 190S the Demc:)cratic nominee 
for the \'ice-I'residency. The Miller family had its origin in \'irginia. of 
which state Jac -b K. Miller was a native and tlie early history of the Kerns 
is also intimately associated with certain counties of the same commonwealth. 
Some time after their marriage J. K. and Elizabeth Miller moved to Ohio, 
thence in 1839 to Shelby county. Indiana, and settled in the forest .u" \'an 
Buren township, where they spent the remainder of their lives, th.e husband 
and father dying in the prime of manhood, being- but forty-eiglit years of age. 
leaving- to his widow and thirteen children a fann of one hundred and twenty 
acres, and a name above the suspicion of dishonor. 

Mrs. Miller assumed the heavy responsibilities which her husband's 
death entailed and right nobly did she discharg-e the duties of her position. 
Her desire was to rear her children to honorable manhood and womanhood, 
and that she succeeded in this laudable ambitioai is indicated In the fact that 
they all grew to mature years, married and had homes of their own and so 
far as known not one of them has e\er caused the blush of shame t(T mantle the 
face cf the de\-oted mother, or in any way dimmed the luster of their family 
name. Four of the sons, Nicholas, John EL, Lewis and Ephraim, served with 
distinction during the War of the Rebellion, while all dignified their stations 
in life and stood high in the confidence and esteem of the people of their re- 
spective communities. 

John H. Miller's early life was largeh- a roritine of hard lalior on the 
farm, and by reason of his services being requircl at h'une he had few ad- 
vantages in the way of obtainir.g an education. He made the most of his 
meager opportunities.\er, and. in due time acquired a sutlicicnt knowl- 
edge of the common branches to enable him to t-.-ansact business and take a 
broader view of life and duty tlian he otherwise might have done. Reared 
to agricultural pursuits, he very naturall}- chose this time-lnir.orcd vocation 

644 chadwick's history of sheluv co., ind. 

for his life work, ami from a very niodesi beginning- he gnuhnlly added to 
his possessions until he became the owner of cunsidcrable real estate which he 

In iS('>2 Mr. Miller responded to the ['resident's call for volunteers by 
joining the Sexenty-ninth Indiana Iniantrx', with which he ser\-ed with a 
creditable record until mustered out June 9, 1865. lie shared with liis com- 
rades the dangers and \ icissitudes of war in a number of noted campaigns and 
bloody battles, including Stone River, Chickamauga. Missionary Ridge. 
Lookout Mountain and Knoxville, Tennessee: thence to the Atlanta cam- 
paign, where he took part in several engagements which led to the fall of that 
noted strongliold. From the latter place his regiment was sent with tlie force 
to check the Confederate advance under General Bragg, and he hail the satis- 
faction of contributing to that leader's defeat in the battles i.^f Franklin and 
Nashville, which practically ended the war in Tennessee and hastened the 
final collapse of the rebellion at Appomattox. 

After being mustered out of the service at Nashville in 1S65. Mr. Miller 
returnccl home and resumed the pursuit of agriculture, which lie has since 
successfully prosecuted. Being in independent circumstances he no longer 
labors as in former years, but nevertheless he manages his extensive interests 
with characteristic ability and is still keenly alive not only to his own affairs, 
but to all enterprises having for their object the welfare of his fellow men. 

Mr. Miller has been twice married, the first time on October 21, 1S66, 
to Mary J. Robinson, who was born in 1847 in Shelby county, of which her 
father, Able J. Robinson, was an early settler. Three children were born to 
this couple, one son and two daughters, both of the latter dying in 1S80. 
Harry, the oldest of the number, was born August 3. 1867, taught school 
in his 3'oung manhood, later read medicine, and shurll}- after graduating from 
the Indiana Medical College was appointed surgeon of the National Soldiers' 
Home, near Marion, Intliana, which responsible position he still holds. Mrs. 
Miller departed this life August 10. 1S98. and later Mr. Miller married Mrs. 
A\'right (nee Callahan), wh.o was born January 21, 1863, in Henry orHinty. 
Indiana. V 

Mrs. Miller spent here earh' life on a farm, but at the age of fourteen ac- 
companied her parents. John and Amanda (Baughlian) Callahan, to Knights- 
town, where she grew to urmanl':od and received the greater part of her edu- 
cation. In 18S4 she inarried Milton A. Wright, whrj died November 21, 1897. 
leaving besides herself two children to mourn their loss, the older of whom, 
Ermadell. born May 30. 1887, is now the wife of h'ory Engle ; Rus-ell, wlr>se 
birth occurred May 19. 1891. is a. member of the home circle and a student in 
the high school of Morristown. Mrs. Miller, who is a lady of more than or- 
dinary intelligence and culture, has been much before the public and is widely 
known in religious circles throughout the state. Early in life she manifested 

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Strong- religious convictions, and. while >till vinrig-. became an active and 
intluontial worker in the United Brethren church, and in due time devel- 
oped a marked talent as a public speaker. Her abilities being- rectigiiized bv 
the ecclesiastical authorities, she was finally induced to enter the ministrv, and 
for a number of years her labors in this capacity resulted in great success, and 
there were always den-iands lor her services. Her first regular work was as 
supply iif the Second I'nited Brethren church. <jt Indianapolis, where she re- 
mained six months, after which she served four years as pastor of the l-dint 
church, of Xew Castle: was four years with the cb.urch of Marion, and three 
years on the Blue River circuit, and one }ear in Delaware county, in all of 
which places her eft'orts were greatly blessed, the various churcb,es under her 
charge continuously growing in strength and influence during her pastorates. 
Since her marriage she has done supply work where her services were needed, 
in addition to which she has tledicated a number of churches in Indiana and 
other slates, besides solem.nizing the rites of marriage and officiating at fu- 
nerals. Hers has indeed been a very busy anil u-eful life, and wherever she 
has gone her able ministration and kindly words arc held in grateful remem- 

Mr. Miller is a Methodist in his religirius belief, and one of the trustees 
of the church whh which he holds membership. He is also a mcniber of the 
school board and of the Board of Town Trustees and takes great interest in 
all niatters relating the municipality. 


The gentleman whose name heads this biography is another one of the 
sturdy Gernian citizens of Shelby county. He was born May lo, 1827. in 
Gennany. on the Rhine. His parents were George M. and Katherine ( Haehl ) 
Theobald, who were peasant farmers in the Fatherland, and came to the United 
States by way of Xew Orleans. They ascended to Cincinnati, and froni there 
they came to Shelby county, and were among the pioneer German families in 
this section. George yi. Theobald was a man of good education and served 
in the Gen-naii army for six }ears, before coming to America. He died in 
1882. at the age of eighty-three years. His companion in life had preceded 
him in 1875. aged se\"enty-seven years. Six children were b^rn into this fan-i- 
ily, viz: Michael. Margaret, Mary, Jacob. 'Barbara and Katherine. the last 
named and Jacob being the only ones that survive. 

Jacob received his education in Germany before coming to America. 
After the arri\'al of the family lie remained on the farm with his parents, and 
assisted in establishing the new homestead, which was an undertaking of no 


small proportions. The laiui had to 1)l' cleart-d and made rcadv t;ir cultivation. 
The market? for prothice were far away, but in the face of the^e difticulties 
they toiled bravely on until they became established in cumfortalile circum- 

On Xcveniber 28. 1S48. Jaci^b was married to Margaret Decker, daugh- 
ter of Conrad and Mari^arei Flecker. She was born April 8, 1831. an(i was 
three years old upon her arrival here with her parents from Gcrmanv. Mr. 
Becker entered the land where ^Ir. Theobald and his wife now live, and the 
farm is still recorded as deeded to Conrad r.ecker. the record never having 
been changed. 

Mr. and Mrs. Theobald have become the parents of the remarkable family 
of fifteen children: Mary, now deceased, was married to William Mutchinsm : 
Barbara E.. deceased, married George Wising, and l>3re him six children, four 
of whom are still living: Julia W. married Fred Gayheimer. and has a family 
of five children ; John M. married Isabel Theobald and lives in ^Madison, his 
family consisting of four children: Caroline A. married ^Michael Gavheimer 
and lives in Mailison, ha\-ing become the mother of seven children, five of 
whom are living; Lewis T. married Isabel McCoUougli. and both are now de- 
ceased, one child surviving; Peter J. married Rose Hensly, their Iiome being 
in Union township and their family consisting of two children : August C. 
married Alary Mook, who bore him nine children; Jacob R. married Luella 
W'orland, the latter being deceased, leaving one child; Emeline R. married 
Thomas ^^'orland, who died leaving two daughters, Ida and Xellie, who make 
their home with their grandparents ; to her was also born a son, Roy, now de- 
ceased; Clara I. married Williain E. liill. and r.ow li\es in. Illinois, the familv 
consisting of two children; Alexander, Catherine, Carl William and Edward 
all died in infancy. }ilrs. Theobald passed to her rest February 9. 18S8. 

Air. Theobald has devoted himself to farming with the exception of three 
years that he spent in Slielbyville. He is a Democrat and served for one term 
as Supervisor. He is a member of the German Evangelical churcli oi Union 
township, which church he helped to build. He has now reached the full age 
of eighty-two years and is held in high respect by a wide circle of friends-. 
and acquaintances. 


The achievements of Mr. Pitts represent the result of honest endeavor 
along lines where mature judgment has opened the way. He possesses a 
weight of character and a discriminating judgment command the respect 
and approval of all with whom he has been associated. 

Lindley FI. Pitts was born in Union township. Shelby county, Indiana, 


Septembers. iSuj. the s.m cf Hransoii and Luzena iCiftin) Pitts: tlic u.rnier 
was born in XMith C'arc.b'na. an<! wlieii the war began lie came north in 1861, 
locating in Shelby county. He was married in the old Tar state and lirought 
his family with him to this county, locating in Hanover township, where he 
developed a farm on which he spent the remainder of his life. He was a mem- 
ber of the Friends church. He accumulated rapidly after coming here and 
became one of the prosi)er(ius farmers ut this locality. To Mr. and Mrs. 
Branson Pitts ten children were born, three of whom are deceased; th.ise living 
are H. C, of Union town.ship ; J. M., also of Union township: Martha, the 
wife of Frank Worth, of Rush county: J. E.. of Bedford. Indiana; A. C, of 
Hanover township; R. E. also lives in this township; Lindley H. 

The subject of this sketch was reared on the farm and assisted his father 
with the work about the place, attending the district schools in the meantime. 
He later attended the Central Normal College, at Danville, Indiana. Turning 
his attention to teaching he engaged in this profession for one year in Union 
township, but not liking it as well as he had contemplated, he then went to 
farming, which he has since followed with much success. He bought his 
present farm of over seventy-seven acres in 1S95, on which he carries on gen- 
eral farming, handling some stock from time to time. He keeps everything 
in first class shape about his place, and always raises good crops, mostlv grain. 

The married life of Mr. Pitts began November 26. i8c;i, when he was 
united in the bonds of wedlock with Cora Swain, who was born in North 
Carolina, January 2, 1S69, the daughter of Joseph and Huldah (Macy) Swain. 
She came to Shelby county when a girl, her father and mother b ith having 
died previously. She received a common schf.ol education. 

Five children have been born to the subject and wife, named in order of 
birth as follows: Agnes, born October 15, 1892. is a student in the Morris- 
town high school; Alta, born July 20. 1894, a student in the comm.^n schools: 
Porothy, born April 4, 1897: [Margaret, born January 21, 1901 ; Belva, born 
February 22. 1905. 

Mr. Pitts is a member of the Friends church. In politics he was reared 
'in the Republican faith, but he is a Prohibitionist, and is liberal in his views. 
He is a man that makes friends easily and the Pitts family is well thougiu of 
in this community. 


The state of North Carolina lias furnished a larger percentage of the 
emigrants from the Atlantic States to the various sections of Indiana than 
might at first be apparent to the casual oliservcr. antl of the vast number of 
enterprising, aggressive citizens who have taken up their abode here, the sub- 

64S CHADWICK's history of SIIELUY CO., IND. 

jec-t of tills sketch niu-t h'.ild a place in the front rank, as we shall sec bv a 
study <if his iiiterestiiii;- career, for in liiin are manil'e-teil many of the ^terliiii; 
characteristics kiiuwn h< his wurtli} ancc-turs which has resulted in his win- 
ning- material success ar.d at the same lime gainiiiLT the ccntidencj .and respect 
cf those with whom he lias come in contact. 

Scr<^-. Daniel E. Osborn was horn in Guilford cuniv. Xnrtli Carolina. 
March 18. 1S72. the ..f Jes<e 11. and Luarcha ( I'hirniw )' ( )sh..rn. Je>~e 1 1. 
Osburn died when .'ur -uhject was a child, and his wife reared the ti\e chil- 
dren left to her. She successfully managed a small farm, and was enabled 
to give her children a fairly good education, and D. K. was tints prepared 
for teaching. 

The subject of this sketch came ti: Indiana in 1894. and workcil as a 
farm jiand. Desiring tt.i ?ee something of the great wide world and give ex- 
ercise to his military instincts, he enlisted in December, 1896. in Company G. 
Eleventh United States Infantry, which was stationed at Little Rock. Ar- 
kansas, until the spring of 189S. when it was sent to Mobile. Alabama, from 
which place it was sent to Tampa. Florida, thence to P irio Rico, and at- 
tached to General Miles' army during the Spanish-American war. This regi- 
ment served in that island until April 3. 1902, having done bOir.e fighting in 
the meantime. They landed at Ponce and were then sent to Vaco and placed 
under General Swan for the purpose of taking the western end of the island. 
On August 10. 189S, the Spaniards were engaged near Mayg-ues and the enemy 
was taken on August 13th. following. Then the Eleventh did garrison duty." 
On the date mentioned above, April 3, 1902. this regiment left Porto Rico 
for the Philippine Islands, and thus a voyage of over fouaeen thousand miles 
was made. Tl>ey landed in ^^lanila. May 3d following, and at first did gar- 
rison duty, then went on the expedition to Mindano under General Sumner: 
they encountered the natives in several places. Mr. Osborn says that while 
in the Philippines the}- were compelled to guird the Americans \vhile they 
constructed roads and did other \\-ork. for the natives were treacherous. He 
left there in October, 1902. and arrived in Indianapolis on December 22d, 
following, after having remained in the service for a period of six years, and 
he is remembered by the goxernment. wliich he so ably and faithfully served, 
with a pension. 

Mr. Osborn was married December 31. 1902. to Lula Rigsbce. a native 
of ShelVi}- county. Indiana, her birth ha\-ing occurred August 11. 1882. She 
is the daughter of Adrian and Alice (Powell) Rigsbee. and she is a graduate 
of the high school at Arlington. 

In 1904 Mr. and Mrs. Osliorn n-icved onto the farm where they now live, 
section 29. Hanover tiiwnshii), and each succeeding year has arldcrl t" their 
pro-pcrity. This fariri. which is under a high state of improvement, and is 
\\-orth twcntv thousand dollars, consists of one hundred and twent\- acres. 

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Grain is extcnsi\ely fjriiwii. ami imv.'h interest is t.-'.kcn in sti'ck raising-, n, ,i)il 
stock of varions kimJs being constant!)- kept nn Uk place. Mr. ( )>l)Mrn l)ein.c; e.s- 
pecially interested in well-bred borses. <.)t wbicb be is an excellent judge. His 
residence is a tnodern and commodious one, a beating plant siipjilying but and 
cold water baving been installed. A large, substantial barn and otber neces- 
sary outbuildings are also to be seen on tbis verv attractive farm. Mr. Os- 
bnni is also a stockboMer in tbe Gwynneville breeding Assceiati. m. 

Mr. and Mrs. Osl) 'rn are tbe ]):trents of two interesting cinlilren, Carel- 
dcne. burn December ii. 1905, and Martin, born December 30. 1907. 

In politics our subject is a Republican. Mrs. Osborn is a member of 
tbe Melbodist Episcopal cbureb. Mr. Osborn is an interesting conversatiiiual- 
ist. baving traveled extensively and been a close observer, and be and Mrs. 
Osborn are beld in high esteem by all who know them. 

TAMp:.s ti. arxold. 

That indolence and idleness are utterly foreign to Mr. .\rni>ld"s natmx* 
is evinced b\- the fact that tbe fariu on which he li\-es in Hanii\-er township. 
Shelby county. Indiana, shows that a hard-working man has managed it. for 
the fields are well tilled and the buildings on the place are kept in good repair. 

James H. Arnold was born December 11. 1852. in North Carolina, the 
son of Frankdin and Elizabeth ( Dorsell ) Arniild. buth. like mir subject, na- 
ti\xs of the old Tar state, in which tbey were m-irried and fomi wbioli they 
came to Indiana just before tb.e war in 1861. Idiey located in Marion town- 
ship, Shelby county, where PVanklin Arr.old li\ed uritil his tleaih in 1877. lie 
was a devout Christian, a member of tbe Mctlmdist Episcoi)al church, in 
wbicb faith lie died. His wife j^ineil him in the sjiirit land in 1880. Five 
children were born to them, namely: MrMtha. I'jnily, Elizabeth. A. X. and 
Jam.cs H. Four of these are living. Martha being deceased. 

James H. Arnold was si.x years old when bis pareuts bnnight him to 
Shelby county. He was reared in Marim township, where he attemled tbe 
district scboc-ls. having alternated, schooling and farming on bis fatiier's place 
until he was nineteen A'ears old. 

In 1874 Mr. Arnold was married to Theodosia Graham, who was bi.rn 
December 23, 1855. the daughter of James M. Graham, a native of Ken- 
tucky. Mrs. Arnold is a native of Shelby county, where she received her 
education in the common schocls. To this union nine children were born. 
seven of whrmi are living and two are deceaserl. Those li\ing are : \\ alter, 
Margaret. Frank. Pearl. Oler. William and Ona. William graduated fr(jm 
the Morristown liigb sch )ol. 

650 CIIADWICK's history of SIIEI.IIV CO., IXD. 

Mr. ami Mr-. Armihl are laitlu'ul iik-uiIilts oi tlic rnitcd I'-rethrcn 
church, tlic former being- one cl the trustees ni the local c lu-ix-atiMii. and he 
has served very capably as superintendent of the Sundav schipol. bein;'- a 
teacher and active worker in the same. 

In his political relations Mr. Anr Id is a kej.nblican. and in u^m he was 
elected Township Assessor of Hanover township, and served in this capacitv 
for a period of f.^ur years in a most acceptable maimer; in fact so well pleased 
were his constituents with his work that he was again elected Assessor in 
190S, and is now serving his second term. 

Our subject enjoys in the fullest measure the confidence of the public, 
because of the honorable business methods he has ever followed, and one of 
the most successful and honored men in Hanover township is lames H. Arnold. 


He of whom this brief sketch is written is a repre-entative of one of the 
pioneer families prominent here over a half a century ago, the subject having 
passed his entire life within the borders of Shelby county, with the exception 
of trips of short duration to other localities, and he is now regarded as one 
of the successful citizens of Hanover township, having attained prosperitv 
through his own well-directed cttorts. His birth occurred in this township, 
August 24. 1S52. the son of Benjamin and Mary (Spurrier) Keaton, the 
former a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was born FebruarA- 
2, iSii. Mr. Keaton, great-grandfather of the subject, was killed in the 
Revolutionary war. Thomas Keaton finally came to Indiana, settling in Fay- 
ette county, later coming to Madison county, where he owned a farm and in 
Avhich county he died. Benjamin Keatcm came to Hanover township, Shelby 
county, where he was married to Mary A. Spurrier, a resident of Hanover 
township at that time. Benjamin Keaton entered four hundred and fortv 
acres of land and spent the balance of his life here, developing his farm from 
the primiti\'e. He is remembered as a quiet unassuming man of upright 
character. He and his wife were the parents of th.e following children: Eliza- 
beth and Jane ( twins j: America, James L., Walter A., Alonzo, deceased: 
Alissouri, deceased: Emeline, deceased: John T., Albert R. and Zelda. 

John T. Keaton was reared on the farm where he new lives, which he 
helped to clear and ditch. He attended school in the meantime in the district 
schools and obtained a good education. He remained on the farm, assisting 
with the work there until he was twenty-seven years old. 

Mr. Keaton was united in marriage with Belle Gowdv on Oct.:ber 8, 
1879. She is the niece of Captain Gowdy, and was b )rn in Jasper county. 

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Indiana. March 3. iS'-o. and ^lle was reared on a farm in Ikt native coinnui- 
nity. She was thirteen }'cars old wlien she was brought to Tusey to\\ns!ii[i, 
Rush county, by lier people. 

Mr. and Mrs. Keaton are the parents of these children: Louis !'... burn 
September 4. 18S4. married Xellie Linville. They live on a farm west of that 
of our subject. Mary. Mr. Keaton's daughter, was born September 17. iSo-'. 

Mr. Keaton owns a fine farm of one hundred ninety-one and onedirdf 
acres. It is well improved in every respect and on it stands a substantial and 
comfortable dwelling and other good buildings. Mr. Keaton is largely in- 
terested in short horn cattle, keeping much registered stock and his sales on 
the same are rapid, his excellent breeds of cattle often bringing fancy prices. 
for they are admired by all who see them. Our subject is also a stockliolder 
in the local telephone and gas company. In politics he is a Democrat. His 
name is associated with progress in his native county and among those in 
Avhcse midst he has always lived he is held in the high.est esteem by reason of 
an upright life and of fidelity to principles that command the respect of all. 


Mr. Keatiin has an enthusiastic interest in his business and he does not 
scorn that cL^se attention to detail without which the highest degree of .suc- 
cess can ne\'er be obtained. He has many characteristics uhich have gained 
for hiin tlie wami regard of tliose with whom he has had dealings. 

William D. Keaton was born on the farm wh.ere he now lives. October 29, 
iS5i.theson of William and Kezar (Selby) Keaton. William Keaton was 
born in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania; he emigrated to the West, locating in 
Hanover township. Shelby county. Indiana, being the first settler in this neigh- 
borhood. He entered eighty acres of land, all in the woods. He soon began 
cutting awav tlie timber and erected a cabin, and he lived to see all the land 
cleared andditched, and improved in general. He purchased the first tile in this 
localitv. His death occurred in 1S74. He was twice married, five children hav- 
ing been born to his first union, and nine children liy the last marriage. Out of 
the fourteen children there are now living, .\. H. : Laura, the wife of Elmer 
Gunning, of Morristown, Indiana: Eftie, wife of X'enion Wagnel : William 
D., our subject. 

William Keaton's father was a cabinet maker, of Philadelphia, but owing 
to ill health moved from that city to Fayette c amty, Indiana, where he began 
farming. He brought his children, si.x sons and two daughters, with h.ini and 
thev soon had a good home in the then we-tern wilds. His v.ife was a de- 
scendant of a Welsh family and a native of Marvland. She was a small 


womnii. i)liy.sic,illy. William Keaton was a iiK'nilxT df tin- Mcthcilisi Ivpisco- 
pal church, ami he was known a> (nie of tlic Icadinij- pioneers of tlii> township. 

William 1). Kcaion was reared on the farm and his education was ohtained 
in the district schools. He remained at home until he was twenty-one vears 
old. Thomas and Oliver Keaton, brothers of the sul)ject. saw service in tlie 
Civil war as members of the Si.xteenth Indiana \'olunteer Infantry. 

Mr. Keaton married Sarah .Xddison (\-t. '])cr ,^0. \>^J^. Siic was born 
and rearnl in Shelby c unly. the dauyhler of a well kr.own familv. This 
union has resulted in the birth of twc: children — Bertha, who received a com- 
mon school education, and Pearl, who married Charles Racer, a railroad man. 

Mr. Keaton is making- a good living on a neat little farm of forty acres, 
which is well drained and well kept. He is a member of the Morristown Kodge, 
Xo. 193, Free and Accepted Masons. In politics he is a Rejiublican, but has 
never aspired to ofifice. Mrs. Keaton is a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church. The Keatons are among the best known families in this part of 
Shelby county, and they have always borne an excellent reputation, being both 
honest and industrious. 


To his own effrTts is the success of Mr. Sullivan attrilnitablc, for he 
started out in life with small capital and few inlluential friends to aid him, 
btit by persevering he ranks today among the successful farmers of Hanover 
township, of which he is a native, having been l)oni here ^larch 22. 1874, the 
son of Joseph F. and Melissa A. (Wicker) Sullivan, one of the old and well 
known families of this locality. Darby Sullivan, grandfather of the subject, 
was born in Ireland. Upon coming to America he located in Xorth Carolina, 
in which state he lived the remainder of his life. There Joseph V. Sullix'an. 
father of the subject, was born September 10, iSj-. and he secured what edu- 
cation he had in the old Tar state, assisting with the work of establishing a 
home in those early days. But while his educational advantages were limited, 
he educated himself, being an ambitions youth, antl V)ecame a noted speller 
and a great reader. He married in Xorth Carolina and came to Shelby coun- 
ty, Indiana, locating in Uni<in township, Xovembcr 19. 1858. Here he exer- 
cised his ability as a speller, winning a prize, a WeiisterVi unabridged diction- 
ary, at a county spelling match held at Morristown in 1875. in which the whole 
county was interested. He was a good manager and succeeded in winning' 
success from the primiti\'e conditions he f'^und here. In ])r.litics lie was a 
Democrat, but never held public office and t -ok but little part in ])ublic atrairs. 
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Sullivan were the pare:u> of eight children, three 
sons and one daughter, living. They are John \\'.. Thomas. Xancy Webb, 
and Joseph E., our subject. 


Joseph L. Sullivan was reared in the nei.i;h.hiMhi;o.l wliere he mnv Ii\e5. 
He attended the district schonls. receiving- a fairly giuKl educati m. workin.s: 
on the home place until he was twenty-fine years old, he left his parental 
roof-tree. When twenty-three years old he married Grace Conaway. a tlaugh- 
ter of a well known family of Dearborn county. Indiana, and to this union 
one son, John C. was born July ii. 189S, and is now a student in the l^ical 
schonl. He is a hriyiit lad with much of the proverbial Irish vivacitv in his 

Mr. Sullivan after his nr.trriaj^e rented two hundred acres of laml. and 
he has made a success in his farming: pursuits, being a careful manager and a 
hard worker. Ilis forty-acre place i>n which he new lives has excellent im- 
provements i>n it in every respect and the general appearance of the place in- 
dicates that the subject, who is yet a y''ung man, will some day rank among 
the most successful men in this locality. 

In his political relations he supports the Democratic ticket, and he is a 
member of the Christian church at Gwynneville, this county. Both he and 
his wife are neighborly and pleasant people. 

JOHX B. STE\V.-\RT, M. D. 

The family of this name in Shelby county is nt Kentucky origin, .\ndrew 
Stewart, who was Ijorn in Bracken county. Kentucky, in 1805, was brought 
by his parents to Eastern Indiana, when three years old. In after life he be- 
came a farmer and de\-oted most of his career to agricultural pursuits. He 
married Rebecca McHenry. who was born in Switzerland county, April iS, 
1814. and is at present living at an advanced age in fulgar county. Illinois. 
Of their ten children, eight are living, one of them t)cing the popular physi- 
cian and specialist whose work has given him a reputation all over the state. 

John B. Stewart was born in Switzerland county. Indiana. March 8. 1843, 
and -finished his academical education in the high school at \'evay. After a 
course at Hanover College, he tauglit scIkjoI for six years, and matriculated 
at the Cincinnati Medical College, and obtained his degree in 1S66. He prac- 
ticed medicine in Dearborn county for tweh'c years, after which he removed 
to Shelby county, spent some time at Shelbyville, and located at Marietta. 
where he remained for twenty-two years, gradually building up an extensive 
business. He re-located in Shelbyville at the beginning of 1908, where he 
still makes his residence. Doctor Stewart takes most pride in his sanitarium 
for the cure of the drug and habits. It is located at 1 1 14 Xorth Il- 
linois street, In.dianapolis, and is reputed to be working some wonderful refor- 
mations. Unless the treatment is effective no charge is made, though it is said ' 


no failure has yet been made. Many cases in wliicli die patients failed to ob- 
tain success elsewhere went away from Doctor Stewart's place after treatment 
entirely satisfied with re>ults. 

May 18, 1866. D.ictor Stewart \va- married, and has two dau.i;hters. 
Jessie married \\"illiam C. .Meioy. a cnntractnr at Shelhvxille. an<l lias four 
children. Minnie married Herbert }Iardini,^ niotdrman nn the street car line 
at Lebanon, Indiana. For si.xtecn years D -ctur Stewart wa> health ofticer 
for Shelby county. The Doctor is a member of the Masonic Order. Doctor 
Stewart's paternal grandmother Hved to the remarkable age of one hundred 
three years, and during ninety years of that time was a member of the iNIetho- 
dist Episcopal church, established and at that time under the charge of the 
famous John \\'esley. vi Ireland. 


Prominent among the energetic, far-sighted and successful business men 
of Shelby county, Indiana, is Mr. Van Scyoc, whose life history most happily 
illustrates what may be attained by faithful and continued effort in carrying 
out an h( nest purpose. 

Abel \"an Scyoc, who was born in the state of \'irginia, near Wheeling, 
on Jiuie 14. 1S32, is the son of a prominent southern family, his parents being 
\\"illiam and Mary (Campfiell) \'an Sc}cc, who were natives of \'irginia, in 
which stale they grew to maturity, and where they were married, later re- 
moving to Belmont county. Ohio, where they .spent the remainder of their 
lives, owning a good farm there. To them ten children were born, six of whoin 
are living at this writing, namely: Mary A., wife of Alpheus Blowers, living 
in Ohio: Abel, the subject of this sketch: William lives in Ohio: John lives 
at Broad Ripple, a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana: George lives in Ohio, as 
docs also Henr\-. 

Abel Van Scyoc was si.\- years old when his parents touk him frum \'ir- 
ginia to Ohio. He worked for his father, assisting in de\-eloping a farm in 
their new Iv ime, until he w as tw enty- me years of age. ^luch of this time was 
spent operating a saw-mill, which his father owned. Thus being compelled 
to assist in making a living his education was neglected and neither learner! to 
read nor write: but tiiere was dominant in his make-up thi se characteristics 
that always make for success and which lack of educntiiui t\r>^> not thwart, 
consequently he has admiralil}- succeeded, hax'ing ilevelojjed faculties of close 
obser\'atii n and assiduously applying himself to whate\'er Iic harl in hand. 

Mr. \"an Scyoc was married in October. 1S54, to Sarah Xeugent, in Ohio, 
After this he farmed there for about a vtar. when he came to Brown countv, 

• CHAnwicK s HISTORY OF sin;i,r.v co., inu. 655 

Indiana, remaining" tliere a shcjrt time: Ijccoming (li?c(.urage<l lie started liack 
to Oiiio, and met iiis bn.ther-in-la\v in llnnd'ck enunty. Indiana, and decided 
to remain there, conseqnently tlie next seven years were spent in Hancock 
county, but in the spring of 1864 he moved to Hanover township. Shelby 
county, in wliich lie lias remained e\er since. He owns here eighty acres of as 
gond land as can be found in the state, which h.n'^ been highly inijjrovcd under 
his efficient management, and i>n which stands a nmdern and ctmifortalile 
dwelling, with beautiful surronr.dings, a good barn and all the conveniences 
of a farmer. Besides this place Mr. Van Scyoc is a stockholder in the Citi- 
zen's Gas Compaii}'. and he is easily worth the sum of fifty thousand dollars. 
He deserves great credit for what he has d. .ne when we consider the fact that 
when he took charge of hi> farm here it was all in the woods. He set to work 
with a will and had it cleared, ditched and improved in general. The land was 
covered with water. He began living in a rude liouse. his furniture being 
very meager, having mada his own bedstead and table, fastening the latter in 
the wall, as did the earl}- settlers. 

Mr. \''an Scyoc's hrsi wife passeil away in Juh\ 1S7S. To this union ten 
children were born, namely: ]Mary E.. burn SeiMember 11, 1856. and died 
when six years okl. August 10. i8C)2: Letha A., born December 2. 1S5S, died 
July 21, 1905: Alice M.. torn January 2y. 1861. is tlie wife of John W. 
Sullivan: John H., born Xivembcr 2. 1862: Martha E. was born January 2, 
1865. and died February 7. 1866; Ora B.. born June 16. 1867, died August 
19, 1868; Emma, born December 19, 1S69, died August 4. 1870: William S., 
who was born February 5, 1877, is living in Fayette county. Ind.iana : O. F., 
born July 26. 1S73. died August 16. 1874; Bertha E.. born June 2. 1876, 
married John Smith: George G., born September 26, 1881, died October 23, 
1882: Nora, born January 26, 18S3, died February 11, 1SS3: Lemuel E., 
born July Jj. 1887. died in 1888: Charles E., born June 19. 1889. The last 
four children named were by Mr. \'an Scyoc's sec(ind wife, Melissa J. 
Ball, whom he married September 10, 1879. She was born, reared and mar- 
ried on the same farm, the date of her birth being January 18. 1S54; 
she is the daughter of George S. Ball, and she received her education in the 
comniMU scIu'mIs of Shelby county. Cieorge S. Ball was bnrn in Mercer coun- 
ty. Pennsylvania, February 19. 1825. and was reared and married in that 
count^•. His wife was Ellen Buyrl. of the same county, and to this union nine 
children were born, namely : IMary, Catherine, Sarah, Robert, ^lelissa J., 
Lemuel. Caleb. Dora, George L., all living, with the exception of the two 
youngest. Mr. Ball came to Shelby county. Indiana, in 1852, from Penn- 
sylvania, making the long ji3urney in wagons, he dri\ing one. his wife the 
other. Their family then consisted of iViur children. He bought small fjuan- 
tities of land until he owned one hundred and eighty-three acres. His 
death occurred March iv i8s!2. and diat of his wife. January 17. ii<f>4. 


In his fx^litical relations oui snltject was formerly a Republican, but of 
late he has been a radical Prohibitionist. He and his estimable wife are 
faithful attendants at the l<ical church, Mrs. \'an Scvoc being a teacher in 
the Sunday school. They are bnth well known and highly respected fur their 
honest, industrious lives, and are regarded by all as among Shelbv 
mnst worth}- representative citizens. 



Mr. Shelton is known to be a man who is deeply interested in matters 
pertaining to the welfare of his township, county ami state, and his ettorts in 
behalf of general progress have been far-reaching and beneticial. and among 
those in whose midst he has always lived he is held in highest esteem by reason 
of an upright life and of fidelity to right principles. 

David E. Shelton was born in Hanover township. Shell)}- county. Indiana, 
on the fann where he now lives, July 2^. 1864, the son of John and Mary S. 
(Wicker) Shelton, the former a native of Rush county, this state, where he 
w-as born November 10, 1836. Mrs. John Shelton w-as born October 10, 
1S39. They married Octoljer 2. 1836. The subject's father died October 26. 
18S9. The w-idow of Jidin Shelton is living in Gwynneville, Shelby county, 
at this w-riting, an elderly lady of fine personality, being kind and generous. 
John Shelton came to Shelby county and located on the farm where our sub- 
ject now- lives, which he worked and on which he made a comfortable living. 
He w-as a Republican in politics and ser\-ed as Justice of the Peace for many 
years. Pie was a member of the Missionary Baptist church, and he served 
as its clerk and one of its trustees until his death. Three children were born 
to Mr. and Mrs. John Shelton, namely: Missouri R.. wife of A. P. Linvillc; 
David E., the subject of this sketch: John W. died March 9, 1889, at the 
age of eighteen }-ears. 

Davitl E. Shelton's childhood was spent on the farm where he n(jw- lives. 
When he reached the proper age he assisted w-ith the farn-i work and attended 
the district .schools until he was eighteen years old; however, he continueil 
to work for his father until he was twenty-two years old. 

. The domestic life of Mr. Shelton began July 3. 1S87, when he married 
Malissa E. Mohler, a native of Rush county. Indiana, having been born near 
Raleigh, March 17, 18^4, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Mohler. She 
was educated in the c< .mmon schools. The Mohler family was influential aiul 
well known in Rush county. Three children have been born to the subject 
and wife, namely: Lavonnie. born in 1888. was graduated from the 
high school at }tlorristown, this county, in 1909: John A. was born Xovember 
16, 1894: Mary B. w-as born September 2, 1899. 


\\'lien tlie suhjcct and wife started out on their married career thcv wero 
poor, but tlicy hej^aii wurk with a will and were economical, and a> a' result 
of years of toil and careful management, they have admiraiily succeeded. They 
began work on the home place, and at the death of the suljject's father he re- 
ceived thirty acres of land. He continued to buy as he i)ro.^percd until he got 
the entire farm of one hundred and ^evcnty-^i.\ acres. He has continuc(rto 
improve the place, carefully rotating the vari-nis kinds of in order to pre- 
serve the natural strength of the soil, until it is considered one of tlie best 
farms in Hanover township. In 1902 he built a fine dwelling li ,use, modern 
and commodious, consisting of ten rooms. It has attractive surroundino-s and 
is far superior to average homes in the country. He als.j has good out- 
buildings, and he keeps various kinds of stock on the place. He attributes most 
of his success to his manner of trading. 

Mr. Shelton drilled the first gas well in this locality and got a good well 
on his land. He put down other wells on his first thirty acres, laid pipes and 
sold gas to neighboring farmers, and in a year's time he' sold out to the Rush- 
ville Xatural Gas Company and received a good profit. He is the field super- 
intendent of this company. Mr. Shelton does not do active farming at pre.sent. 
however he oversees his place. He is a liberal supporter of the church and 
his wife is a member of the Christian church. He is a member of the Morris- 
town Lodge, Xo. 193; aL-o a member of Rush Chapter, Xo. 24, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, also a member of the Independent Order of OddTeTlows, Xo. 
627. Morristown Lodge. He has represented both in the Grand Lodge. In 
politics he is a Republican and has long been an active worker in the party. 
In Xovember. 1908. he was elected Trustee of Hanover township, in which 
capacity he is now ably serving. He has also served as Deputy Assessor of 
the townsliip. Mr. and ^^Irs. Shelton and daughter are members oi the P-lastern 
Star, at Morristown. Mr. Shelton being ex-worthv patic>n of the same. Xo 
family in this part of Shelby county is better or more favorablv known than 
the Sheltons. 

J. G. WOLF, M. D. 

Among the notable men of the past who achieved distinction in thcii 
various lines of thought and activity and at the same time reflected credit upon 
the communities in which they resid.eil. few were as well kn.nvn and highlv 
honored as the late Dr. J. G. Wolf, of Morrist. iwn. for many years one of the 
leading physicians and surgeons of Shelby county, and distinctively one of 
Indiana's most eminent professional men. Doctor Wolf was a native of 
Blair county, Penns}lvania. where his birth occurred on Februarv Sth.. of the 
year 1S23. In 1834 he accompanied his parents on their removal to Wavne 


65S CHADUICK's history of SllF.LliV CO., IXU. 

county, Indiana, wlu-re lie spent several years on a farm north of Centervillc. 
receiving-, meanwhile, his i)reliminary education in such schools as the countrv 
in those days afforded. Later he completed a literary course in the Center- 
ville high school, the training thus received being- afterwards supplemented 
by an attendance of several years at Asbury (now DePauw) L'niversitv. 
where he pursued his studies with the object in view of entering the medical 
profession. In 1846 he married \'irginia Rickets, after which he moved to 
Hagerstown. where in due time he began the study of medicine in the of-fice 
of a well known local pliysician, later entering the Ohio Medical College, at 
Cincinnati, from which he was graduated in 1S49. 

i In 1S51 Doctor Wolf located at ]\Iorristown for the practice of medicine, 
and it was not long until his splendid abilities were recognized, as is indicated 
by the lucrative patronage which he built up within a comparalivelv short 
time after opening his otilice. From the beginning his success seemed assured, 
but notwithstanding his continuous advancement and growth in public favor, 
he was not content with past attainments, the responsibility resting upon 
him as a healer of ills inducing him in 1857 to add to his professional knowl- 
edge and elTicicncy by taking a course in the JefYerson Medical College, Phila- 
delphia, from which noted institulion he received, in due time, the degree 
of Doctor of ^Medicine. Fortified with ample professional preparation', the 
Doctor resumed his chosen calling, and for a r.umber of years he ciijoyed an 
extensive and lucrative practice, his name becoming a household word in tlie, 
majority of homes in Shellw- county, to say nothing of his distinguislied rep- 
utation in other and remoter fields. Doctor Wolf was a many-sided man, 
and, though devoted to his professional work, he manifested a lively interest 
in other matters and was long one of the leading men in promoting the ma- 
terial welfare of the town in which he resided. lie was also an influential poli- 
tician of the old Democratic school, and aniong the hon.ors conferred up^.m 
him by his party was his election in 1S67 to the office of Clerk of the Shelby 
Coimty Circuit Court, w-hich ofiice he held with marked ability for a period 
of four years, besides filling worthily many odier positions of responsibility 
and trust. 

Doctor W'uli was a }^Iason of high degree, and in addition to his activity 
in the local lodge at IMorristown attained to eminent standing among the 
leading members of the order throughout the state, filling with distinguished 
ability important offices in die various branches of the Brotherhood, and con- 
tinuously adding to his reputation as one of its highest members and most 
efficient workers. In religion he subscribed to the plain teachings of the Chris- 
tian, or Disciple church, and w-as lung a sincere and devoted member of the 
^lorristown congregation, a libera] contributor to the material supjiort of 
the cliurcl-i and a donor to many charitable and humanitarian enterprises. 

Doctor W(^lf's first marriage resulted in the birih of sever, children, three 


•of whom survive. ii.Tmely ; Julia, wife of James Punteiiney ; Aluia, wlio mar- 
ried William Six, and Allies, a widow. Dr. W. R. Wolf, a son of the sub- 
ject, was a dentist in Shelbyvillc. He died one year previous to his father's 
death. ,Mrs. Wolf died in iNoj-, and two years later the D^n-tur was united 
in marriage with Mrs. Elvira J. Winship (nee Robinson), a n.ative oi Ru-h 
county, Indiana, born January S. 1S34. Austman and Xancy Robinson. Mrs. 
Wolfs parents, were among the early settlers of Rush county and are re- 
memliered as a most estimable couple who stood high in the community and 
enjoyed the respect and contidence of a wide circle of friends and acquaint- 
ances. Mrs. Wolf was reared on the Rush county homestead, received a good 
education in the schools of Rushville and for a number of years was one of 
the most successful and accomplished teachers of her county. When a young 
woman she became the wife of \\"illiam Winship, who died in 1865. leaving 
no issue, and four years later as stated above, she was married to Doctor 
\\'olf. with whom she li\-cd happily until his Irmiented death mi the Jjth day 
of December, 1906. 

Doctor Wolf was p.nt only eminent in his clicisen calling, but his financial 
-success was commensurate therewith, as he accumulated a comfortable for- 
tune, including a fine residence in Morristown and other cit_\- property, also 
large real estate and farming interests, the greater ])art of which is now held 
by his widow and descendants. Since the Doctor's death ]\Irs. Wolf has occu- 
pied the old family home in ^Morristown, where, surrounded by everything 
calculated to minister to her comfort and happiness, she is gently passing down 
life's decline at peace with the world, with her conscience and her Clod. She 
is a lady of intelligence and culture, altable and pleisant in all her demands 
and social relations, and the high esteem in which she is held by the good peo- 
ple of her city speaks much for her many estimable (jualities of mind and heart. 


Mr. Earnest has done mucli to further the upbuilding and material pros- 
perity of Shelby county, always especially interested in whate\er tends to 
promote the development of Hanover township. He is alert, progressive and 
public-spirited, and is in every sense eligible for specific recognition in a puli- 
lication of the province assigned to the one at hand. 

Roland H. Earnest was born in Rush county. Indiana, near Carthage. 
November 23, 1856, the sen of John P.. and Mazilla (Draper) Earnest, the 
former a native of Tennessee, and the latter of \'irginia. They both came to 
Indiana when young and married in Ru-h county. John B. Earnest was an 
•excellent fanner and became prosperous tlirougl; careful management. He 

66o chadwick's history of SHELBV CO., I\D. 

knew sumetliinq; nf se\eral trailes. was an expert carpenter ereeted all of 
his own bnildings. He was a member of the Chri>tian eliurch. Ho was 
called frum his earthly laljors Xi)\emher 24. 1890, lia\'int^' nearly attained 
the age of eighty-two years. His wi(I<iw survived until January 5. h)0<k 
wlien slie passed away at tlie age uf eighiy-twD _\'ears, eight months and nine 
days. They were married October 2j. 1842. and seven children were Ixirn 
to lliem, naniel}-; Ira, deceased: John W. is a farmer Ii\ing in Ru^h CMinUw 
Indiana, where' Henry M. alfo lives; Joseph is a blacksmith in Arnold Penn- 
sylvania; Albert X., a retired farmer, lives in ( Iw ynne\ille, ShelljN' CDunty; 
Roland H.. our subject; iM'ancis M. lives in Kush county. 

Roland H. Earnest was reared on his father's farm, which he worked 
while not attending the district schnol. fie left scIkh)! when se\enteen years 
old, having secured an excellent education. He w(_)rke(l on his father's farm 
until he was twenty-nine years old. recei\-ing wages for liis work. 

The married life of our subject began December 15. 1SS5. when he 
was joined in wedlock to Addie Murra}'. She was born in Franklin county. 
Indiana, December 12, 1S65, the daughter of Seth and Louisa (Hedrick) 
^lurray. and she was educated in the district schools. 

After his marriage Roland H. Earnest worked by the day. later lie rented, 
land. and. haxing met with success in his efforts, he was enabled to buy his 
present excellent farm of one hundred acres in section S, however, he wer.t 
in debt for part of it. He has brought the place up to a high standartl of im- 
provement. This farm is beyond doubt one of the m^^st picturesque in Shelby 
county, being excepti<inally well kept and well man.aged. The buildings 
comprise a fine modern dwelling, a huge barn ami various convenient out- 
buildings, the \\hole presenting as pretty an agricultural view as cue could 
wish to see. Here are found over a thousand chickens of the finest breeds ; also 
large herds of fine cattle; extensive crops of grain are raised annually. Both 
Mr. and Mrs. Earnest leave nothing undiju.e in maintainin.g this model farm. 
Leading to their residence, across beautiful grounds, are splendid walks, and 
it has the appearance of a city Ik me. Ever}'thing about the place shows the 
thrift of its ow-ner. He Ins always been known as a good farmer, and never 
had any trouble renting land, for he was kr.own as a conscientious worker. 
This was especially so when he lived in Jackson township. Rush county, 
shortly after his marriage. He has always been a large grain producer. 
Much cf his success has been due to his wife's efforts and encouragement. 
She assisted with the feeding of the stock, sawed an.d split wood; split rails, 
and made a hand w ith her husband in the field. They wcirked and economized 
until they are now enjoying the abundant fruits of their earlier years of toil. 
They are plain, honest people, highly respected by all who know them for 
their upright lives. Xo children have been b' rn to them. In pditics >d'-. 
Earnest is a Democrat. 



Tliis well known farmer cuul representative citizen nf Xoble tnwiisliip. 
Siielhy county, lias had the pleasure, one that is nnt given to many nf u-;. r.f 
spending- most of his life on the nUl homestead, having; been born in X^ble 
township, on the uld Buxtdii farm. October 2f>, 1850. the .-on df licnjamin 
and Dinah (Avery) BuxtdU. the former an I-"n.i;lishman. liorn in Derbyshire. 
England. He came to America while yet a single man, about 1846. and 
bought one hundred acres of land in Xoble township, having had nearly 
enough funds to pay for it. Being a good manager he jirnsjiered and added 
more land to his original tract until he i>wned three liundred and forty acres. 
He married in Shelby cumty. Indiana. Mrs. I'.uxion was born in this county, 
and to this union the folic. wing children were hern: Two dieil in infancy: 
Lizzie v.-as four years c.ld when she died. The four living children in 1909 
are: Robert \\'.. A\'illiam J.. Mrs. Helen A. Hoban : Evaline, the wife of S. 
J. Cooper, of Iowa. 

William J. Buxton was reared on the farm that he now owns, as already 
indicated: it consists of one hundred acres. He worked ab'iut the place and 
attended the district schools until 1869, when he entered the Hartsville Col- 
lege, where he remained for two years. He applied himself very carefully 
to his text-books and was enabled to begin teaching, but after one term uf 
this work he returned to the old homestead, his father desiring him to take 
charge of the same and he has since devi;ted his time to farming with, gratify- 
ing results. 

In 1S73 Mr. Buxton married Eva Yount, a native of tlie state of In- 
diana, but had lived many years in Iowa. To this union two sons aiul two 
daughters have been born, namely: Bernice May. born May 11. 1873, wife of 
Chauncey Clark, of Indianapolis: Florence E.. born January 9. 1S79, is the 
wife of Edward Lewis; George B. was born Xovember 20. 1881, is married 
and lives in Indianapolis: Arthur, born January 15. 1889, is single and living 
at home. He is well educated and is teaching. Mr. Buxton's first wife was 
called to her rest February 9, 1S91. and on April 28, 1892. he married Xellie 
Ray, of Shelbyville, Indiana, where she was b irn May 8. 1864. She is a grad- 
uate of the Shelbyville high school and taught for five years. Xo children 
have been born of this second union. 

Mr. Buxton bought his present farm and moved onto it IMarcb. 1895. 
He has a well improved place and he has shown by his careful management 
of the same that he is a modern agriculturist in every respect. He lias \a- 
rious kinds of goofl stcxk. especially sheep. He takes a great delight in farm- 
ing. This place is located in section 12, Xoljle townshij). range 7. .and con- 
sists of one hundred acres. He keeps everything about the old home in fir^t 
class condition, and it is an attractive place. 

662 ctiadwick's history of siielhv co., ind. 

Mr. Buxt .'11 and wile are members of the Metliodist Epi>copal churcli 
at W'aldron. Indiana. He is a member of Sulpliur Hill Lodg-e. Xo. J41. 
Knights of Pythias, being past chancellor of the same. In politics he is a 
Democrat and served the tv'wnship as Trustee for two terms, four vears in 
all. In 1886 he was elected Countv Recorder and served one term of four 

HON. THO.M.\S HOr..\X. 

Originating- in Ireland, the family of this name has been identified with 
the United States for more than eighty years. In the early part of the last 
century John Hoban married ]\Iaria Grimes, by whom he had four children — 
John, Thomas, ^Nlaria and Nicholas. The mother dying, her husband mar- 
ried Mary Moore and about 1829 emigrated to America, locating in Xew 
York. Thomas Hoban, the second child by the first marriage, was born in 
Ireland in October, 1S22. and was seven years of age when the familv crossed 
the ocean. He was bound over to a Mr. ^IcMurray, the conditions being 
that he was to remain until of age, but was to have three months' schooling 
each year, and at the expiration of the contract was to have a horse, saddle 
and bridle. He started in. in Xovember, 1833. but five years later left his 
employer on the grounds that he was not complying with his contract. Young 
Hoban went to Connecticut in May, 1837, secured work as a farm laborer and 
remained in that state until 1840. Returning to his old neighborhood in Xew 
York, he found work as a laborer in a tannery, worked for three or four years 
and learned the trade. He came to Indiana in 1850 with but little capital, 
but by virtue of hard work, perseverance and economy, he succeeded, and 
eventually became one of the prosperous farmers of Xoble township. At 
present he owns three hundred acres of good farming land with all modern 
improvements and a comfortable home. In his young days he was one of the 
most prominent men in the township and a leader of the local Democracy, to 
which he had given a life-long allegiance. He served for six years as Trus- 
tee of X'oble township, and in 1884 was elected to the Legislature on the 
Democratic ticket, as Shelby county's Representative in the House. He 
served during one session and introduced a number of bills, one of which 
provided for two cents a mile railroad fare, perhaps the first of its kind in 
the state. He has retired from active business and is spending the evening 
of life in repose. 

In 1843 Mr. Hoban was married in Xew "S'ork to Druzilla Crosby, a 
lady of English descent, by whom he had nine children : Maria, wife of 
Thomas Durbin, who takes care of her father: John X., a farmer of Tipton 
county; Hopkins, a resident of Oklahom.a ; Anthony, a resident of Xoble 


township: Elizabeth, widow of John E. Mason: Theodore, a resident of 
Xoble township; Calvin, deceased: Gusta and Leslie. Thonias X. Durbin, 
wlio married Maria Ih ban, was liorn in Dntlcr county. Ohio, December i, 
1841. His father was Xichdlas Durbin. a nati\e of IrehmcJ. who came to 
America in an early decade of the last century. Thomas X. enlisted in 1861, 
in Company V. Thirtl Regiment Ohio X'olunteer Infantry, and served for 
three years as a private. In 1864 he re-enlisted in Company C. Eleventh 
Regiment Ohio \'olunteer Iniantr}'. \vas made lirst sergeant of his company, 
and served until the close of the war. .Mr. Durbin has an unusually In r.orable 
war record. He went through all the severe campaigns of the West, includ- 
ing the march froui Chattanooga 10 Atlanta in 1S64. and fought in nineteen 
battles besides many skirmishes. He was honorably discharged at Camp 
Denison, Ohio, in June. 1865. and shortly afterwards came to Shelby county. 
February 20, 1866, he married Maria Hoban. by whom he has hatl three 
children: Xettie, born Xovember 10. 1867. is the wife of Simon Dunlap, of 
Indianapolis: Jcjhn X., born April 28, 1868. is farming one hundred and sixty 
acres of land in X'oble t'lwnship: ]ilcanah. bom in October. \S(>2. is a rcside;U 
c:f Tipt'in county: Mr. Durbin is a member of the Grand Army of the Repulj- 
iic. and has served as post commander. In politics he is a Dcmncrat. :\nA 
the family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. 


We have, in the person of lady, a fme sample of the self-reliant, 
independent America-a women, who are amply able to take care oi themselves, 
if the support of their husbands, fathers or brothers should fail them. Mrs. 
Burkholzer owns and operates a handsome estate in Xoble township and no 
farmer can give lier any points on what is necessary to bring about good 
results in farming. She timicrstan.d? it frrim the gn mud up. having Sjient 
most of her time on farms, and besides, she has the knowledge of stuck, crop 
rotation, soil values and other information essential to up-to-date agricul- 
tmists in -this progressive age. She knows how and when to buy. when to 
sell t(T the best advantage, the character and quality of land in her vicinity, 
and it is not surprising that one -o well equipped should take rank among the 
most enterprising and most skillful (jf Xoble township's large land-owners. 
Her parents were Jacob and Elizabetli I'Kanouse) Shuppert. natives of Pen.n- 
syKania, who found their way to Ohio at different times, but met in early 
life, married and migrated to Indiana. The father was a miller by trade an.d 
followed that occupation for some years in Decatur cou:it\. lie and his wife 
had a family consisting of eleven children : Closes. Jane. Ellen. Maggie. George, 
Christina, Anna, Erank, Juhn, Florctta and James. 


Anna Slu,p,,crl. >cventl, of tliis large faniHy. was l,..rn at GerniantMwn. 
Decatur county. In<liana. Septemlx-r 23, 1S49. When fnurieui vcars of a<-e 
she began workuig- in a woolen mill, weaving blankets. l,ui aflcr'lhrce vear-^ 
she abandoned manufacturing for the (lre5snialsir,g trade. ' "■ ^ • 

October II. 18/5. .she married George .Mctzler. a farmer of \oble town- 
ship, who (lied in February. iSSS. In Jur.e. 1S8,). she married iLal^er Ilurk- 
holzer. a native of Alsace-Lorraine. Cermanv. lie born Februarv 14 
1S41. came to America eighteen years later, setUe.l in Rush countv.'' -ukI 
worked on a tarm tlv-re for nineteen years. In 1S79 lie bought a farm in 
Aoble townslnp. on which he resided until his death, which occurred Mav 
12, 1906. He was a quiet. indusU-ious. unobtrusive man, and a member o'f 
the Catholic church and highly respected by his neighbors. .Mrs. Eurkholzer 
owns two hundred and eight acres of land in Xoble township, on which she 
resides. Having no children of her own. she reared Stella Bless, who. under 
-Mrs. Burkr.olzers motherly care and wise direction, has become quite an 
accomplished young lady. Born Xo\ember j;, 1891. she was given an e.xcel- 
lent education in the schools of Decatur countv. fn-ni which she^was graduated 
in the spring of 1907. She also has a mu^Val education. Mrs' B^urkhober 
IS a mcmler of the United Brethren church at rnio,, Chanel 


The family of this name has been identified witli Xoldc townshiu for 
sixty years, and during that time its members have done their full sh.are in 
its developing and upbuilding. The founder of the Slielln- county branch 
of the family, the Hon. Thomas Hoban. is still living on his farm in the 
township, at the ver.erable age of eighty-seven years!' He is a native of 
Ireland, came over with his father when seven vears of age, and went thn nio-h 
the rough experiences oi a bound boy. a hard working tanner's a:)prentic- 
and later as a western pioneer. After a long life of struggle, with, its inevit- 
able turns of fortune, he hnally made good and is now enjoviiig a well earned 
repose. He was elected to the Legislature in 18S4. served six vears as Town- 
ship Trustee, and was always a man of influence in his neighborhood In 18 1 -> 
while a resident of Xew York, he marrie.l Druzilla Crosbv. bv whomhe 
had the following named children : John. 3,Iaria. Hopkins, .Xnthony, blliza- 
bcth, Theodore. Calvin and Augusta, besides one who died in infancy. 

Theodore Hoban. sixth of th.e familv. was born in Xoble 't(.wn>;liip 
Shelby county. Lidiana. May 18. 18--2. He was reared on the farm r-cei-e(i 
the u^ual .listrict school educatiMU. learned all ab..ut the details of runnin- a 
farm, and when manhood was reached. icU c(iual t.:, the task r,f maiiamnt: 


a place for himself. He' iiiarrl(.-.l Laura Gxw. In.rii in iSf.4. an.l ns a result 
of this inii<jn tlure were seven cliiKlivn : .\n-i:sta, Ihtii SciXP.ilirr J. 18S4. 
went throug-ii the comniuii sdvnA Ijranches; was two vcars in iiisrli sch.nul, 
attended the .Marion Xonna! and laiio-ht two terms in Xohle township. Dennv. 
born SepteniLer 12. i8Sy. went through tlie usual school course and tw.j vears 
in the high school, and graduated the .Marion Xorma!. Lerov. 'horn 
October II. 1880. and Kdgar. horn Fehruar} 20. i8v_'. hesides con.m-.n 
school, had the advantage oi a lull term at the Geneva iiigh school, from which 
Edgar graduated and oh.tained a degree. Madolin was horn June 19, 1895: 
Zanie. Septemhtr 19. 1898. and M.irris, Xovemher 7. 1901. Those acquainlcd 
with the family say the children of Mr. Hr.ljan are unusually hrighl. quick to 
learn and give [inoni-e of future usefulness in the various walk- of life. :\!r. 
Hoban. like his father, has always hecn a Democrat, though he has left the 
office seeking to others. He owns a neat farm of seventy-one and onediaif 
acres, which he keeps in good condition and cultivates bv modern meiho.t.s. 
He is a member of the Palton.s of Htishardiry. o -.nnruily knov, n as the 
Grange, anil interested in all agricrdiural rdTairs. For sevual years he has 
been the jiroprietor and n^anager of a thresliin.g nnchii'.c, wb.ich/docs a good 
business in setison. 


Shelby county was largely settled by immigraiXs ivnv. tlie states of 
Ohio and Kentucky, and these in turn were either natives of the states further 
cast, or were descendar.ts of those who crossed the m.juntains ir. the d.ays of 
the pioneers. A glance at th.e ancestry of the gcnlennn wlinse name heads this 
review will serve as an illustration of the above statement. 

Paul .Mitchell, grandfather of William .A. .Mitch.ell, was born in Kentuckv 
and came to Shelby county. Indiana, when settlers were still few in nv.mber 
and the dense forest was still the princijiai landscape feature. His wife. Ehzn- 
beth (Coleman) }.Iitclie!l. was also a native of Kentucky. She became lite 
mother of five children, among whom were .Martha, \Villiam. H. D. ar.d 
Washington, the father of William. Washington Mitchell \cas born in April. 
1828, and died June i. 1855. aged twenty-seven years. He married Lena T- 
Brown, a native of the county, and three chihlren were born of this union. 
One of these died in infnncv. Mary became the wife of James Se.xton. of Shel- 
byville. The third is William, our std)ject, ' 
After her husband's death, his mother's 

\^'illiam has lived in. this c^aintv all his 
time spent in Tipton and Hov/ard ccjuiitics. 

dio was born on 

May ;,. ;8-,2. 

econd marriage 

was to Elza 

fe with the excep 

tinn. of a short 

He was marrieil 

Eebruar\- 18, 

666 ciiadwick's histokv of siiklbv co., inu. 

1875, to Elizabeth Margaret Allen, who was born in Tiplun county. Indiana, 
November 25, 1853. This union resulted in the birth of the following chil- 
dren: Maiy J. was born February 20, 1S76, and Ijccame the wife of Dr. J. E. 
Keeling, of \\'akh\in, Indiana. George W., born December 10, 1877. who is 
a carpenter, and lives at Waldron. Dr. E. T. .Mitchell was IjMrn I'ebruarv 13. 
1880, and is a graduate of die Indiana Medical College of Indianapolis. lie 
is practicing medicine at Romney, in Tippecanoe county. Charlie E. was 
born July 11. i88j, and fidlows farming. Bertha A. was born Mav 20. iSS^. 
and is the wife of Elmer Amos. 

l"he mother of these children died Januarv 31, 1890, ami ]\lr. }\litchell, 
on December 23. 1891. was married to Elizabeth LeUler. who Imre him one 
son. John \V., born September 2^, 1893. Mr. ^Mitchell and his family are 
members of the Methodist Episcopal cluirch ar.d take an active part in pro- 
moting the advancement of the church interests. Mr. Mitchell has striven to 
lead an exemplary life and has carried out in his relations to his friends and 
neighbors those principles of Christian fellowship that have characteri;a^.l him 
all through life. Pie is a member of the board of trustees of the church ar.d 
has for many years been associated very actively with Sundav school work, 
having served as superintendent and is now acting as teacher of one of the 
Bible classes. I\Ir. Mitchell is not only congenial in church affairs, but m 
social life also he has become well known. He takes a great deal of interest 
in the Knights of Pythias lodge, of which he is a member. He aftiliates with 
the Democratic party and ser\-ed as Trustee of Xoble township for five vears. 
He built the new school building at Geneva, and is at present a Justice of the 
Peace. He owns a fine farm, which, considering the fact that he liegan with 
nothing, is a good illustration of what may be accomplishefl by ir.dustry. per- 
severance and sound intesfritv. 


A man of excellent attributes oi character and one of the representative 
citizens of a community known for the progressive spirit it manifests in the 
business world, is Albert \\'. Wright, a native born of Xoble township. Shelby 
county, and the scion of a fine old family, he having seen the light of dav 
first on October 10, 1S61. He is the son of George and Mary E. (Avery) 
Wright. (See sketch of George Wright.) Albert W. Wright was born on 
the banks of the Flat Rock, where he was reared, working on the farm and 
attending the neighboring schools during his youth. Desiring a higher edu- 
cation than could be obtained in his native vicinity, he took a two years' course 
at Hartsviile College, where he made an excellent record for scholarship. 


Mr. Wrig-ht decided to follow in the foctsteps of his father, and he ac- 
cordiiii^ly became an agriculturist. His domestic life began in i8Si. when he 
married Alta Mobley. the daughter of Prof. Lewis Mobley, of the Harts- 
ville College. She was born at Itartsville. on ."^tpicniber 7. iSoj. She is 
the representative df a well kmnvn and inlluenti:il fanijK. and slic is a cul- 
tured and talented wnnian. having bci.n a student fi r some time at Ilartsville 
College. To Mr. and Mrs. \\'right one daughter. Dora Mabel, was born. 
February i. 18S7. She is the wife of Ora Lewis, of Xoble township. 

Mr. Wright is the owner of cue hundred and si.xty acres of land known 
as the Jonathan Lowe farm. It is well improved and the land has been kept 
in a high state of productiveness through skillful management. His dwellings 
and other buildings aie adequate for his requirements for comfort and con- 
venience. He keeps much stock of various grades and kinds on liis farm, 
and no small part of his income is derived from this source. He has suc- 
ceeded because he has deserved success, having always been a hard worker 
and a man of economical habits; however, he is always ready to support anv 
local measure looking toward the pulilic good. He and his wife are members 
of the Methodist Episcopal church, at Waldron, and he is one of the trustees of 
the same. In politics he is a Democrat. 


Self-made men are not unusual in free America, where the i:i)portunities 
are many and all who possess the necessary anibition and ability have a 
chance to succeed. Mr. Simpson is one of those who started in the world 
under adverse circumstances, but overcame all diftkulties and eventually es- 
tablished himself as a prosperous citizen. His poverty was so great that lie 
was unable to attend school much of the time in youth, but he overcame this 
dithcult} by studying at night. Having no inheritance and no powerful 
friends, he was compelled to rely upon his own brain and muscle as his only 
capital. They ])ro\ed true friends, however, and with their aid he rci^e, step 
by step, until he found himself in comfiirtable circumstances. He was born 
at Datendale, Durham county, England, September 23, 1S50, his parents 
being John and Eliza (Ca.xter) Simpson. The latter were very poor, tlie 
father making his living in the humljle occupation of hostler in a coal mine. 
Discouraged with the outlook in own country, he came to America in 1S54. 
with a view to the betterment of his fortunes. Locating at Michigan City. 
he secured emplox'ment in a roundhouse, through tlie influence of a brother, 
who was the master mechanic. Lie retained this place until his death in 1S63. 
He was the father of ten children, of whom the survivors arc as follows : 

668 chadwick's iiistorv of shelbv co., ind. 

Rolieii. a mnchinist at Blnomiiigton, lllinuis: Ann. wife of foscpli Maltl)\'. of 
Jackson, Michigan: Hilary, wife of Pliilii) Demurest, rif Michigan Citv, and 
Jolin. wlio i< the fuliject of this sketch. 

Julm SimpMin went to scliool at Micliigan City nntil he was twelve years 
ok!, when he was coniiu'llccl to work to help .the family. Tims his early edu- 
cation was neglected, l.nit when lie hecame older he night schools, 
and in this way obtained a practical equipment for all orth'nary husines? 
transactions. He could keep hroks. cast up accounts .-md d.) various other 
kinds of clerical work, which are found u-i, ful in all line^ of l.usiness. While 
at Michigan City, which is a great lumber port, he familiarized himself with 
tlie intricacies of lumber dealing and became cpiite an expert concerning the 
quality of lumlier. the diflerer.t prices, the ])rohts to deaIer.■^ and iipp irtunities 
in this line at \'arious parts of the country. Ajiril i. 1905, Mr. Simpsi n went 
into business for himself at Avon. Hemlricks county. Indiana, and did fairly 
well at that point, but in 1907 he removed to St. Paul, where he engaged in 
Uunber, coal, and all kinds of buililing material. He has been successful. an'J 
is now regarded as one of the pr(.s]ier(jus men in Indiana. He is a member of 
the Maccabee Lodge, Harbor Tent. Xo. 14, at Michigaii City. Mav 20. 18S7, 
lie married Lottie E. Coughlin. of ^Vlichigan City, by whom he had three 
children: Earle, borne May 13. iSSS, has been a high school student, and at 
present is associated with his father in business: Edna, born January S. 1891, 
died at the age of eight years, and John Jay, born September 11, 1S93. The 
mother died January 8, 1896, and Mr. Simpson was again married August 7, 
1903, to Salome Berkley, who died April 3, 1909, without issue. Mr. Simp- 
sen has a faculty for making acquaintances, and since coming to St. Paul has 
learned to know most of the people who live at the place, or do their trading- 
there. Of courteous disposition, he makes friends with everybody he meets, 
and numbers his friends b\- th.e luuidreds. 


One of the progressive citizens of Xoble township. Shelby county, is 
Joshua S. Alley, a native of Decatur county, this state, where he was born 
April 15. 1833. tlie son of Samuel B. and Xancy (Selljy) Alley. Samuel B. 
Alley was horn in Franklin county. Indiana, January 6, 1819, the son of 
Cyrus Alley, who was born April 17, 1791, in \'irginia : his wife. Charity 
(Osborn) Alley, was born September 14. 1792. Samuel P.. .\.lley and Xancy 
Selby married December iS. 1S40, and t(.) them the following children were 
born: Daniel, September 14, 1842: Mary E., ^March 13, 1845; Charity M., 
January 20, 1847: Ph(cbe, Xovember 9, 1S48: Hiram O., August 20, 1850: 


Cyrus and Josluia S. (twins), April 15, 1853: America and Cora (twins). 
August 27, 1S57: Elizabetli. Oclcber 26. ]H(o: Ida May. Feliruary 9. 1S63; 
Jonathan L., Septemljer 27. 1865. Samuel B. Alley diL-d Stjneniber 21. i8q>, 
and iiis wife ]iassed away February j8. 1884. It was in tne year i8_'3 that 
Samuel B. Alley came tnini Franklin cumty. Indian.a. t ) De:atur c untv. 
this state, being then six years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Cvrus Alk-v. grand- 
parents of the subject of this sketch, were the parents of the following chil- 
dren; Joab W'.. August 23. 1813: Phabe. .\ugust lo. 1815: FXaniel X.. .Ajiril 
3, 1817; Samuel B.. January 6, 1819; Henry L.. Jar.uary 22. 1821: Piuld- 
ridge. .\ugust 22. 1823: Thirsa, December 22. 1824; I.nrenzo I).. March 
18. i827rjonathan. April 15. 1829: Ruth. Julv 25, 1831 : Marv, June 22. 
1834: A.. May 28. 1838. 

Samuel B. Alley entered land in I^ecatur county, kcating in Chy town- 
ship, section f). 10 north, range 8 ea^t — a inie hundred sixty acre tract. He 
cleared and im])roved this land, and as he prospered he was able tn add to it 
until he had a farm of two hundred twenty-two acres, of which amount Joshua 
S. Alley now owris one sixty-three acres. Samuel B. Alley de- 
veloped this farm and spent his remaining years there. Beside? a farmer, he 
was also a stone mason, and was alwa^'s a hard-working man. He was a 
member of the Christian clunxh, and belonged tu the Masonic fraternity and 
the Independent Order of Cidd F'ellows. 

Joshua S. Alley was reared in Decatur county, working on his father's 
farm and attending the district schi njs during his youth. He also went to 
Hartsvilie College a short time and received a fairly good education. He 
chose as his life work, farming, ar.d hi? subse(juent career would indicate that 
he has been eminently successful at this. f(.ir he i- both a hard wi^rker ar.d an 
excellent manager. He remained at hi;ime luitil he was tiiirty-fuur years old 
and managed th.e farm fc r his father. 

Mr. Alley was united in marriage with Sophia F. Wright, on Septem- 
ber 1, 1887. She was the daughter I'f George and Mary I .\very ) Wright, 
and to this ui^n'on one son and one daugh.ter hn\e been, l-i-jrn. Fthel !■"., May 
23, 1889, who is a graduate >>{ the common scliools, and who ab;: studie<l 
music, having a natural talent for this art; she is still a member of the family 
circle. The S'jn's name is George W'., who was lK)rn April 19. 1892. He is 
a graduate of the common schools, and is a young man of much promise. 

.Although Mr. Alley is the owner of the land menticne 1 ah .ve :;nd also 
ninety-six acre- in Xoblc to\\nsIii]i. he li\'es nn the farm belonging to his 
father-in-law. George Wright. He is fully abreast of the times in all matters 
pertaining to the farming world ar.d handles some good stock of various 
kinds. In politics Mr. .\l!e}' is a finn bclie\-er in. the principles of Dcni.icracy. 
but he has ne\-er held political office. He is a memljcr of Waldron I odge. 
Xo. 217. Free and Accepted Masons. 

6/0 CHADWICk's history of SHKLEY CO., IND. 


The family of this name originated in Germany and \va< extensively 
distributed over the I'rovince of W'urteniberg-. C.corge Metzler. wIm was 
born in that part of the F.nii)ire almut il^-j. \\"as married in early manhiMid \u 
Agatha Hoo\er, who was born in Wurtemberg". January 5. 1825. 'Ihe iriii'^n 
took place in 1S48, and in the same year the newly wedded cnuplc emigrated 
to the United States. At first they located in West X'irginia, but sn'rA nmved 
down the ri\-er to Cincinnati, where, the ninnerous citizens of foreign birth 
made the surroundings more ccmgenial to new arri\als. Still another move 
was made w hicli look them into Shelby county, Indiana, on a farm situated in 
Xoble township, where the father died in 1859. His widow is still a resident 
of St. Paul. They became the i)arents of seven children, Labon, Josciih. 
George. Fred. John. Willie and 3,[argarct. Of these chihlren. John. iMX-d. 
Laban and Joseijh are the sur\'i\-ors. 

Fred Metzler. the fourth of the family, was born in Hamilton county, 
Ohio, September iS. 1852. and was quite young when his parents came to 
Shelby county. He grew up on the farm and for four years held the position 
of superinteTident of the Low Thomp'^nn stone quarry. He has always been 
an enthusiastic Democrat and an active worker for his party rluring the many 
hard-fought battles in "Old Shelliy." He was appointed by the Board of 
Countv Commissioners to fill the unexpired term of William Evertson as 
trustee of Xoble township. He has also been prominent in lodge work, being 
a long-time member of the Independent Order of Oild Fellows, past nol'lc 
grand and member of the Grand Lodge. Fie sen'cd as treasurer for fourteen 
years. In March. 1875, he married Elnora, born April. 1857. daughter of 
Lev>-is and Mary A. (Reed) Hinkle. Lewis was a .son of Jo.^eph and Eli.^a 
(DeBolt) Hinkle, who obtained considerable local fame as the parents oi 
seventeen children. This list, rather remarkal)le e\en for the fruitful old pio- 
neers, is thus recorded in the famfly Bible; ?vlary. born January 3. 1809; 
Henrv, born March 26. 1810; Xancy, born June 9. 1812; Lewis and Lucinda. 
born March 30, 1814: Lydia. born March 19, 1816: Squire, born January 10. 
1818: Joseph, born September 13, 1819: Rachael. born February 16. 1821 : 
James, born January 7, 1823; Amanda, iK.rn Xovember 2. 1824: William, 
born July 24. 1826: Benjann'n. born December 24. 1827: Eliza, born Xo- 
vember 13. 1829: John, born October 24. 1831: George, born October lA, 
1833; Hiram, born June 15. 1836. 

Lewis Hinkle first married"^ Salonia Reed, in 1833, an.d in 1838 migrated 
to Shelby county, and located in Xoble township on land he had bought from 
the government. His wife died in 1846. and his second marriage was to 
Marv A. Reed, on T^fav 3. 184G. The children by the first marriage were as 
follows: Sarali. br.rn' October 8, 1834: Eliza, b.-.rn Xovember 20. 1836: 

.^cph. born March J5. 

1S42: Julin, bun 

the sccoiul marriage 

were as lullmvs: 

„ biirn I'cbruar}' 2 J. 1 

830; James, hn-n 

•r 12, 1854: Elnura. bn 

rii April 7. 1S57: 

chadwick's history of shei.dv CO., INI). 671 

^\"illianl, bcun Sejjtcmb^-r j;, 1S30; J 
January 18, 1S45. The chili heii by 
Ltiiiisa, born August 5. 1847; Ilarrit. 
May 29, 1852: Geneva, born Se[)tenib 
Lida, born September 13. 1S59: George, born Xovember 2. 1801. 

JMr. and Mrs. Metzler have bair children: Edgar, b- ni December 30, 
1875, graduaietl in the St. Paul high schoul, enlisted nn March 14, 1898. in 
the I'liiied States army anrl ser\e<.l in the J'hiii]ii)incs. with the I'nurteeiuh In- 
diana Infantry, with the same regiment in China during the l.o.xer uprising, 
and was killed in .Vugiist, 1900. Grace, Mr. Metzler"s eldest daughter, was 
born January 9, 1879. and is now the wife of PVank Enos. of St. Paid. Ger- 
trutle, the second daughter, was I.'orn June 18. 1882, and is now the wife of 
Walter Lawless, of Summitville, Indiana. Albert, the }'oungest child, was 
born P'ebruary 12, 1886. and died June 2C). 1900. Mrs. ^Metzler is a member 
of the Alethodist Episcopal church at St. Paul and the family cnjdy high 
social standing. 


One of the venerable and highly respected citizens of Shelby county, 
Indiana, a man wIim played well his part in the transformation of the onnitry 
from a wilderness t) its pre.sent-day prosperity is Micliael Paugh, born in 
Hamilton county. Ohio, April 4, 1831, and he came to Shelby county, Indiana, 
with his parents in 1840. He is the son of Joseph and Eliza'ieth (Low) 
Paugh. Joseph Paugh was born in Ohio, but in 1840 he came to Shelby 
county, Indiana, and bought wild land, all timb-er and swamps, in which there 
was much wild game: He cleared off the land and put it in cultixation. P.e- 
ing a hard working man. he was successful. He was a Democrat, but had 
nothing whatever to do with politics. He was eighty-three years old at the 
time of his death. He was married in Ohio and two children were born to 
him and his wife: Daniel, born about 1826, has been dead about thirty-five 
years. Michael, the other son, was about ten years old when he came to Shelliy 
countv. He succeeded in getting a little education in the subscription schools, 
but never attended the public schools. He worked for his father on the farm 
until he was about thirty-five years old. when he was married to Lucrecia 
Luther. She was born in Greensburg. Indiana, and was about twelve years 
old when her parents came to where W'aldron is now located. Her father built 
the first dwelling house in W'a'dnm. He and his wife were among the early 
settlers of Decatur and Shelby county. !Mr. and Mrs. Paugh are the parents 
of two children, Eva. who died when th.ree years old; and Charles is about 
thirtv-five vears of age. a bachelor and living at home. 

6/2 CHADWICK's history of SHELBY CO., IXD. 

Mr. rau-h lia> always lived on the old homeslead in SLX'tion ^r.. Liberty 
township, lie has carrietl on general farming- in a most siiccessfnl manner. 
having always been a hard worker and a good mar.ager. aiul he is now iii the 
g-olden evening of his life, enjoying the fruits of his former year.s of toil, 
living in contentment and surrounded by plenty as a result of his frugality in 
his younger days. He has always been a home man. caring little for ])olitics 
or public life. He is a Denu'crat. Me l;elnng~ to the In.leiiendent Order .a' 
Odd Fel'ows at Waldnm. and he is the oldest'^Odd l"ellow in this part of the 
countw He has been one of the proniir.cnt and active men in lodge work. 
There was only a very small membership when he joined the local lodge. He 
has passed all the chairs in all the branches of Odd Fellowship. He has 
seen this section < i th.c county dcvelii]) from a wild, unimproved state to one 
of the riche?t parts of the county. When lie came here there was one little 
store at Middlctown but the family did all its trading at Lawrenceburg. He 
is a remarkably v.ell jircserved man for his weight of seventy-eight years. He 
has a quick mind and his coriversation is interesting, especially when he tells 
of the pioneer tla}s. He has become well known thrtjugh his lodge work, in 
which he takes a great interest. Everybody in this part of the county knows 
him and resj^ects him for his Inng life of industry anrl honor. 


A man who lias achieved well earned success by reason of his hal>its of 
industrv, economy and perseverance, is Green Berry McUuffee. who was born 
in Liberty township, Shelby county, June 6. 1S53, the son of Robert G. and 
Elizabeth (Tsley) McDuftee. the former br.rn in Kentucky, in 1S15. He came 
to Shclbv county. Indiana, with his parents when twelve years old. His 
father. Robert McDuffce. entered land in Rush county; he als(.> entered land 
in Liberty to^vnshill. this county. \\"hen he was first married he went to 
Madison cnnitv. this state, where he lived five years, then came back to Shel- 
by county, and remained here the rest of his life. He devoted his life to 
farming ai-.d was c.;nsidered a very succe>sful man for those days in this 
county. Lli- family were all Whigs, which party he supported until it was 
supplanted hy tlie Republican party which he then supported. He was not a 
public luan. His membership in the church was with the Methodist Episcopal 
denomination at the \'ienna church, which he helped to establish and he was 
long an active member in the same. When he first came to this county it 
was all a wilderness and covered with swamps in many places. He went to 
Lawrencelnirg to do his trailing an.l drove all his stock th.ere to inarkct. After 
a long and useful life, he was called frrmi his labors in 1906. Llis wife. 

chadwick's history of sheldv CO., iM). 673 

Elizabeth Isley. was born in Tennessee, in 1S16, and slie can;o with her par- 
ents to Decatur county when about twelve years old. The subject's people 
on both sides of the house were prominent in pirmeer da}s. His mother died 
in IQ02. To tlie parents of the subject, five children were liorn. namely: 
Wesley, deceased; Sarali A. married J. V. Henderson and thoy live in Rush 
county; Lavina also lives in Rush county; Margaret J. married John W". 
Green and they live in W'aldron. Indiana; Green Berr}-, of this review, was 
the youngest in order of birth. He was educated in the common schcvds of 
his native county: however, he did not get much education until later in life, 
his early school days having been interrupted. He assisted with the work- 
on his home place until he was married to ]\lary A. Wilder, the daughter of 
Seymour ^\'ildcr and wife, of Rusli county. Slie was born at Mi nint Carmel. 
Franklin county, this state. ?^Iay 16. 1848, and siie and the subject were mar- 
ried March 22, 1875. 

Mr. McDuffee has l)een a farmer all his life, and he has won great success 
in his chosen line; however, five }"ears were spent in the implement business 
at Waldron. He bought land in sections 17 and iS, and made most of the 
improvements on it. This was in 1880, and he has made his home here since 
that time with tiie exception of about five years spent at Waldron. He has a 
good farm, well improved and well stocked, and his dwelling and outbuild- 
ings are such as his needs require to make his work successful and his life 
comfortable. In politics he is a Republican, but has neither aspired to nor held, 
ofifice. He is a member of the Metliodist Episcopal church. In his fraternal 
relations he belongs to the ^lasonic Order at \\"aldron, and he and his v,-ifc 
are members of the Eastern Star. Mr. McDuffee is one of the prominent 
men of Liberty township, where he is so well known, having spent the major 
part of his life here and where he has won the esteem of all who know him, 
by reason of his uprightness and public spirit. 


One of the leading agriculturists and representative citizens of Shelby 
county, Indiana, is John Tilson Higgins, who \vas born here on July 12, 1855, 
the son of William E. and Hilary (Wheeler) Higgins. William E. Higgins 
was born in Franklin county. Indiana, June 3, 1S32, and died November 25, 
1887, at Shelbyville, Indiana. He was a farmer and stock raiser on an ex- 
tensive scale. His people came to Shelby county from Kentucky in the pioneer 
days. He was educated in the early schools of Shelby county, and spent his 
life here, becoming one of the best known men in the county, taking an in- 
terest in public affairs, although he did not hold office; however, he was ten- 


674 chadwick' 

illELRV CO.. IND. 

dcred ofhce on several (>ccasioii.=;. but lie preferred to devote his life to fann- 
ing- and the breeding of fine Jersey cattle, since the war up to the time of his 
death, louring the Civil war he dealt in mules : he was successful in whatever 
he undertook, accumulating a fortune and was regarded bv all classes as 
one of tile county's most valuei! citizens. He was always a pul)!ic-spirited 
man and a great church worker, supi)orting the Catholic denomination. He 
was a great friend of the poor and numerous acts of charity were attributed 
to him. He was somewhat reserved and never made a displav of his wealth 
or charitable deeds, always giving out of liis fullness of h.cart. He xvas on the 
building committee of the Catholic church in Liberty township, and did much 
good in that connection. He was very liberal in his support of the church, be- 
coming known as one of the most prominent Catholics in the county. He was 
married in Shelby county. October 12. 1S54, to ]Mar\- Wheeler, who was born 
August 17. 1835. in this county, and her death occurred August 5. 190S. 
She was a woman of many praiseworthy traits (_>f character. Her parents 
came to Shelby county from Kentucky, in pioneer davs. To \\'illiam E. 
Higgins and wife seven children were born, namely: John Tils(;n. of this re- 
view; Catherine, now Mrs. Zobk ; Josephine Trackwell. deceased: Celia. now 
]\Irs. Fettig: >.Iary. who also married a ?^Ir. Fetiig; Ivachael, deceased; Ed- 
ward, deceased. 

John Tilson Higgins received his education in the common schools of 
Shelby county, now known as the district schools. He went through all the 
grades and received a fairly good education for his opportunity, for he ap- 
plied himself very carefully to his -text-books. He remained on the old 
homestead, assisting with the work about the place until his marriage to fxi se 
Dolan, a daughter of John E. Dolan ami wife. They were married in Ire- 
land, in wh.ich country one of their childiren was birn. Thev came to Xew 
York and lived there seven years, then went to Columbiana countv. Ohio, 
later moved to Jennings county, near Xorth \'crnon. Indiana, and it was here 
that Mrs. Higgins was born, August 11. 1855, being the eleventh child in a 
family of thirteen children, all of whom lived to reach maturity. Her father 
lived to be eighty-one years old. and her mother reached the advanced age of 
ninety-four years. They were prominent Irish pciiple and won the respect of 
their neighbors wherever they lived. 

To Mr. and Mrs. John Tilson Higgins eleven children have been born, 
namely: The first rmd second flied in infanc}': Richard Carter, born ^March 
12, 1880, resides in Canada: Frank \\'., born January 12. 1S82. married \'ic- 
toria W'eintraut: he is a salesman and is living in X'irginia: \'ictor W. was 
born June 28. 1884; he is a scenic painter and lives in Chicago; Ambrose, 
born July 27. 1886. a graduate of the agricultural department of Purdue 
University, is living at hi>me; Marie Cecelia, born July 15. 1888, is a teacher 
and is living at home; William Frederick, born January 2j. 1890. is still a 


member of tlie family circle: R.jbcrt E., born Oclol.icr 2. 1891, dicl Aimust 
8, 1903; Teresa Portia, born March 17. 189O. die.l March 15, looy: ^Am 
. Tilson, Jr., born February 13, 1898. 

After his marriage .Mr. Higgins engaged in farming, winch he has fol- 
lowed ever since in a most successful manner, lie has alwav,^ dev. .ted con- 
siderable attention to stock raising, having a hobby for hogs, also the raising 
of fruit, and no small part of his yearly income is derived from these sources.- 
He is a great breeder of Duroc hogs and always keeps some fine specimens 
of this variety. His nmdel farm, une of the be-t in Shelby county, is located 
in section 6. Liberty township, beir.g under a high .state of improvement and 
■well kept in every respect. He lias a very attractive home, modern, substan- 
tial and nicely furnished, also excellent barns and outbuildings; everything 
about his place shows thrift and prosperity, and that a man of good judg- 
ment and progressive ideas has its manageniLiu in hand; in short ^Ix. Hig- 
gins is one of the prominent men of Shelby county, being interested in what- 
ever tends to promote the welfare o\ his fellowmcn in this Iricalitv, and always 
ready to support all measures looking to the giuul of his fellow men. He is 
one of the most active workers in the Catholic church in this county, being a 
liberal supporter of tlie same. He has served on the Advisory Board of his 
township for two terms', and is now a member of tlie County Council. Mr. 
Higgins is a well read man, keeping abreast (jf the times in all matters and 
his conversation is entertaining. He and his f.amily readily impress the 
stranger as being well educated and hospitable. 


When Denin's Callahan died in Ireland, in 1801. the world looked blue 
to his widow and her two" little boys. Being po(.ir in the extreme, with no 
powerful friends to draw upon, slim chances of em]i!oynient in her nati\-e 
country, her mirid naturally re\erted to the great repulilic across the sea. 
Many another Irish widow had taken heart of hope out of the promises wafted 
over by friends in this country, and ]\Irs. Callahan, not knowing what else to 
do, decided on the long and. to her. very exhaustive journev to the Xew 
A\'orld. So she boarded ship with Daniel and Dennis, as it were, tucked 
under each wing, shipped with the steerage, among a lot of other woe-begi>ne 
emi,grants and with a sinking heart, heard the throbs of the great ship's 
machinery as it started the vessel tm its tem]iestuous way. Indirectly, the \'es- 
sel reached the dock in Xew York harbor, the poor Irish widow went ashi;re, 
with her heljiless charge and then began in. earnest what the poets call "the 
journey of life." 

676 CHADWICK's history of SIIKLBV CO., IXD. 

Daniel Callahan, the oldest of the two boys, was born at Cork, Ireland, 
1S52, and was one of those bright lads whose shining faces give promise of 
success. He remained in Xew ^'ork with his mother for about one year, when 
steps were taken to find him a home in ihe West. Accordingly, he was 
brought to Shelbv couiUy. \\hcre he wa-; taken in and kindly cared for by the 
family of Conrad Kuhn. They saw that he attended school, kept out of 
mischief and acquired habits of industry as he grew up. T')aniel was an apt 
pupil, a well-behaved boy and got a fair education lor his time by diligence 
in the public schools in L'nion to\\nship. He lived with. Conrad Kuhn until 
twentv-five vears of age, when he began casting around to make a start in life 
for himself. His first important step was marriage with Mary, daughter of 
Valentine }\.sz. by whom he had four children. Bert, the oldest, married 
Flora Hachl: Kate became the wife of George Kuhn: Xnra married John R. 
Haehl and Annie remains at home. 

After marriage yir. Callahan toi.k charge of a farm in Liberty town- 
ship, which proved to be a permar.ent hume. as he has lived on his present place 
for twentv-seven vears. He spent five years in Rush county, but soon re- 
turned to his first locality, and practically. Liberty township has been his home 
for thirtv years. Though not a mcml;er of church, }.Ir. Callahan has always 
been a liberal contributor, as indeed, he is to all good causes. His family 
are members of the German Protestant church and if these need help in 
their operations, "father"' is usually found willing to unbend. Thnly years 
ago Mr. Callahan joined the Red Men. at Manilla, and has been a paying 
member ever since, though he is at preser.t connected with the lodge at Shelby- 
ville. He can strictlv be called a self-made man. as every dollar he has in 
the world was eamed bv himself, since he was left an orphan child in L-chufl. 


A worthv scion of a fine old pioneer family, and he himself a popular and 
venerable earlv settler who merits the praise due all hardy and honest men of 
this type, is GreeuburA- Fields Burgess, of Addison township. Shelby county. 
Indiana, who was born in Scott county. Kentucky. July 6. 181Q. the son of 
Edward Burgess, a native of \'irginia. who married Sarah Fields on Febru- 
ary 6, 1800. a native of Maryland. After spending their long and useful lives 
on a farm, which they developed from the primeval forest, they l»th died in 
Scott countv. Kentucky. Ten children were born to them, named as follows : 
Xancy. William C. Bathsheba. Joseph. Maria. Margaret, Edward. James 
Henrv, Greenbury F. and Marietta. 

Greenburv F. Burgess received only a limited educatic;n in the oM-time 

CIIADWICK's history of SHELBY CO., IXD. 677 

log sclniol-houscs. He .remained at hume uiuil he was Iwcnty-uiic years of 
age. In 1S47 ^^^ came lo Indiana and began life for himself amid new con- 
ditions, locating in Addison township, Shelby county, where he secured land, 
which he at once began tn clear and de\xlc() into a farm, erecting rude build- 
ings, which, as he prospered by of liard toil and good management, gave 
way, in time, to more substantial Iniildings. He finally became the owner of 
two hundred and fourteen acres nf valua.ble land. He cleared about one 
hundred acres of this himself. He has always been a \cry robust, rugged and 
hard-working man. ci'U.-eciuently he has succeeded. He has always carried on 
general farming in a manner that n(it only insured a good living from year 
to vear, but enabled him to lay by quite a competency. He has devoted con- 
siderable attention to the raising of grain and various kinds of live stock. PTis 
farm is highly improved, and he has a good dwelling and substantial out- 
buildings, and an excellent orchard and garden. 

Mr. P.urgess has beeii three times married, llrst C'U October 16. 1S41. to 
Elizabeth W'ikoft", of Kentucky, who was born ^^lay iS. 1S18. She died April 
16, 185^^ and he married a second time on February 17, 1855, his second 
wife being Arthusa F. Wright, born January 27, iS-^o: she died August 15. 
1871. and Mr. Rurgess' third marriage was solemnized on April .29. 1873. 
lo ^Margaret A. lac. bs. of Scott county, Kentucky, a daughter of Xathaniel 
and ^vlargaret ( Sharp 1 Jacobs, tlie former a native of X'irginia. and the lat- 
ter of Scott county. Kentuckv. They came to Shelby county, Indiana, in 
1S51. ar.d secured land in Liberty township. Mr. Sh.arp. who devoted his 
life to farming, died May 2, 1879. and his wife passed away October 22, 
1S94. They were the ])arents of thirteen children, namely: }>Ialissa. Harvey. 
Maranda. Amanda, Marv, Susan. \\"illiam. deorge W. and Thomas J. 
(twins): Narcissus: ^largaret. wife of the subject of this review: Amanda 
and Serelda. 

Greer.burv F. Burgess' children by his first wife were: Burlington B., 
deceased: Susan D., deceased: William C, deceased: Sarah F., Mary M.. de- 
ceased; Maggie E.. Joseph G., deceased. The subject's children by his second 
wife were six. as follows: John C. James E.. Xannie G.. Xoah T. Belle, Mary 
E., and an infant. The "children Iw ^^Ir. Burgess' third wife are Florence 
Helena, wife of William Midkiff, of Liberty township, Shelby coutUy : \\"\\- 
liam Clement, a farmer on the old home place; Roy Otto, a farmer in Addi- 
son township, who married Xora Hatfield, on April 9. 1901. and they have 
two children. LaRue and Gladys: Ldjna G. married .\lbert Brown, (.f Fort 
Benjamin Harrison, and to them three children have been born, namely: 
Burgess B.. Ruth and Margaret Helena. The fifth child of the subject and 
his third wife was Francis Xathaniel. who died ^lay 2. 1884. 

Mr. Burgess has always been a Democrat. He is a member of the Bap- 
tist church. He is trulv a self-made man, and h.e has won the respect of a 

6/8 chadwick's history of SIIELEY CO.j ixd. 

wide circle of friends and acquaintances in Shelby countv. While feeble at 
the age of ninety years, owing to rheumatism, his health is otherwise un- 
impaired. His eyesight is particularly good, as lie is enabled to read maga- 
zines and the finest print of the ilaily newspapers without glasses. It is a 
source of pleasure and satisfaction to him and he devotes most of his time to 
read in ST. 


One of the leading farmers and representative citizens of Liberty town- 
ship, Shelby county, is Charles McDanicl. who was born in Decatur countv, 
Lidiana, near St. Omer, December 6, 185 1, the son of A. J. AIcDanicl and 
wife, who was known in her maidenhood as ?2ineline Palmerton. A. J. Mc- 
Daniel was born and reared in Decatur county, his date of birth occurring 
March 31, 1S26. He was a farmer nearly all his life; however, he engaged in 
the grocery business for some time in St. Omer, early in his business career. 
Spending his youth in Decatur county, he went to Illinois when thirty-six 
years old and remained there about twelve years. He then returned to 
Indiana, locating in Shelliy county, \\here he remained until his death, Sep- 
tember 13, 1908. He was active in the Dem.icratic party; however, he did 
not aspire to office. He was a public-spirited man, liberal in his support of all 
movements looking to the public welfare. He was a hard worker and lua'le 
a success of farming. He was a member of a Kentucky famil}-, his parents 
having come from that state and were v.ell known in their day. He was mar- 
ried in Decatur county. His wife was born February 27, 1829, and died 
December 29, 1895. To this union six children were born, namely: J. B.. 
who is a merchant at Freeport, Indiana ; Charles was the third in order of 
birth, the second having died in infancy; Ermina was the next child: the fifth 
died in infancy; Erastus \\'. is an attorney at Shelbyville. All was wild land 
in this and Decatur county when the ancestors of the subject came here. 

Charles McDauiel was educated in Jasper county, Illinois. ha\-ing at- 
tended school until he was twenty-one years old. He walked fiur, miles to 
school in order to prepare himself for teaching, which profession he followed 
ven.- successfully for a period of nineteen years, during which time his ser\'ices 
were in great demand, and he became widely known as an educator second to 
none in his community. His teaching was confined to Rush and Clark 
counties. He finally decided to give up teaching and begin farming and stock 
raising, which he has followed ever since in a manner that stamps him just as 
successful in this line as he was at teaching. He has an excellent farm, 
located in section 9, Liberty township. 

Mr. ]\IcDaniel was married February z-j, 1876. to Belle Ensminger, the 


acc.implislie^l daughter of Cliapman and Lucy Eiisniiugcr, of Shclbv countv. 
She was hdrn August 27, 1857, and to this union four ciiildren have been 
born, namely: Roy. September 18. 1S77, married Anna Feitig, and tliey live 
in Liberty township; Ernest A., born July 17, iS7(), is still a member of the 
hoine circle: he is a teacher, having taught in the high scIim,,! f,,r five years. 
the last two years he has taught at W'aldron. I-'.rmina. the third child, was 
born October 29. 1SS2, married Conrad Kney; they lived in Rush county and 
are the parents of one son. ^Morris: Harry, the youngest child, was born lulv 
13. 18S6; he married Bertha Bird, and to this union two children have liet-n 
born, Gladys and Helen : they live in Liberty townsb.ip. These children have 
all received good educations and are fairly well started on the highway of lite. 
Mr. McDaniel is a Democrat in politics and has taken cop.sideral-le in- 
terest in local affairs. ha\ing been Assessor of Liberty township for a period of 
five years. He is a member of the Christian Vn'u.n clnnch at Blue Ridge. 
He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fel].>ws at Blue Ridge, 
with which he has been identitied for a period of f(iurteen _\ ears, having passed 
all the chairs in the same. He was formerly a great lodge worker. He is 
regarded as a substantial farmer and good citizen, a man whom everybody 
trusts and admires for his clean and manly life imd for his services to the 
locality which has been honored bv his citizenship. 


Ainong the honored veterans of the Civil war and well known citizens of 
Liberty townsb.ip. Shelby county, is Henry Briggeman. who was born Xo- 
vember 26. 1845. on the Atlantic Ocean, while his parents were on their way 
from Germany to the United States. He is the son of Frederick B. and Mar- 
garet Briggeman. both natives of Germany. They landed in Xew Orleans, 
where they remained a short time, then came to Cincinnati, where thev lived 
until the death of Frederick Briggeman in 1849. The trip from the Father- 
land occupied sixty days. The six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick 
Briggeman were all natives of Germany, except Henr}-. whose place of birth 
is given alxive. They are as follows: ALary. who married a Mr. Carwein ; 
Charlotte, deceased: the third child died in infancy: the fourth died in early 
childhood; William; and Henry, of this review. These children were left 
orphans when young, by the death of their mother in 1863 or 1864. Their 
father was a hard-working man and devoted all his time to his home. lie 
was educated in Germany, and was a well read man. He was a member of 
the vGcrman Protestant church and a highly resi)ected man, e-p'.;ciailv among 
the Germans of Cincinnati. 

6So CHAUWICK's history of SHELBY CO., IND. 

Henr\- ]^>iig-g-enian rccei\cd liis edncati'jn in the city scliools oi Cincin- 
nati. He was married to May Lena Wiii.ssing. dauj^littT of (icorgT and Bar- 
bara ^\'hi^^ing. She was born May 30. 18-1S, in (icrmany. and came to tiie 
United States with her parents when eight years of age. Tiiis family hved 
in Cincinnati for awhile, and then came to Shelby count}-, buying- land in 
Liberty township, where our subject now resides. All was a wilderness here 
in those days. Mr. and ^frs. Henry Eriggeman were married October 3, 
1869, and the following children have been born to them: liarlxira, born May 
24, 1S70, died Seiitember 24. 1S70; Rose Caroline, born December 31, 1S71, 
died ]\larch 17, 1S73; ^lary Magdalena. born Xovember 14. 1873. married 
John Kepple, and they live in Union township. Shelln- county, Indiana: Wil- 
helmina, born December 13, 1S75. rnarricd Jaci b Kepple: they are the par- 
ents of three children, and are living in Liberty township: George Frederick 
was bi;a-n l'>bruar_\' 7, 1878, and is living at hon-ie : Anna Margaret, born 
^Lay 3, 18S1. is at home : Louise Charlotte. 1-jorn February 7, 1884, is livng 
at home; Jacob Edward, born July 25. 18S6. married Elece Day wait : they 
are the parents of one child and live in Liberty township. 

When the subject married he settled in Shelbyville, where he lived until 
1872, when he came to Liberty township, and he has remahied on the same 
jilace ever since, except a sh.ort time near W'aldrijii. lie settled in Sh-jlby- 
ville in 1S65, after returning from the army. He has one of the best farms 
in Liberty township, and he has carried on general farming and stock raising 
with eminent sitccess attending his efforts, being a good manager and desiring 
to keep abreast of modern methods. He has a good house and barn and 
plenty of new-style farming machinery. 

Mr. Briggeman was one of the patriotic men of our country who showed 
their loyalty to the old flag dtiring the dark days of the sixties, having en- 
listed in the Federal army at Cincinnati, February 3. 1865. in Company K, 
One Hundred and Xinety-third Ohio \V)lunteer Infantry. He was in the 
employ of the government about one and one-half years before hi.-- enlistment. 
He was in the great battle nf Xashville. and in many skirmishes toward the 
close of the war. He was in the review at Winchester. A'irginia. and was 
honorably discharged in that state in 1865. He belongs to the Grand Army 
•of the Republic, Post 18. He is usually found at work about his place, which 
is always attractive. He is a member of the German Evangelical church, in 
Union township. He savs that when he came to Shelbyville it was a vcn- 
■small village. That was in the days of the old Jeftersonville, ^ladison & 
Indianapolis Railroad, before the building of the Big Four. Mr. Briggeman 
is one of the best known of the Gern-ian element in Shelby county, and his 
career has been without a blemish in every respect, and in his old age he is 
the recipient of the friendship of all who know him. 

CHADWICK'S history of SHELBY CO., ixn. 6Sl 

josiAii 11. coxe;ER. 

One of the well kr,o\vn agriculiurists of Shell)y cuunty. Indiana, is Jnsiali 
H. Conger, wlm was born in Xoble township, ihi^ ccmniy. June lo, 1853, 
the son of David JeHersun Conger, of P.utler cniinly. (JhiM. wli, , married 
Delila leffers. a native of the same county, the wedding occiu'ring there, 
Butler county having been their home since childhood. They were educated 
in the common schools. Believing that better opi>ortunities existed in the 
newer countn,- to the west of the old Buckeye state they accordingly came to 
Shelby county, Indiana, in 1S3S, and located in Xoble townsiiip. They were 
thrifty and besides their property in this county, also owned a farm in Mar- 
shall county, this state. The land which David Conger secured in this county 
was only partly improved. He finislied clearing it and placed it in a high state 
of improvement making his home on the same until his death in 1S94, his 
widow surviving only one year. Tliey were members of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church. Mr. Conger was first a Democrat and later a Republican. To 
this union seven children were born, two of whom died young. The names 
of the others are as follows : Wilson T., a farmer in Shelby township, this 
county: Thomas J., a farmer and truck raiser in Adilison township: Jr)liii T.. 
a farmer and sorghum maker at Geneva. Indiana: }>IaHssa J. married Wil- 
liam H. Jones, of Kosciusko county. Indiana: Jo^iah H., of tliis revievv-. 

Tosiah H. Conger received only a common school education. He re- 
mained at home and took care of his parents in their old age. This he deemed 
a pleasure as well as a privilege. He was first married December 21. 1879. to 
Mai-\- T. Thompson, of Shelby township, this county. She was the daugluer 
of Elias Thompson, and her death occurred March 14. 1891. Mr. Conger's 
second marriage was with Eliza C. :\fedsker. on March 4, 1899. She was the 
widow of Francis M. Medsker. of Shelby county. He was a farmer ami died 
in 1896. Tlie subject's second wife was the daughter of Sjjencer H. De- 
Forest, of Bridgeport. Connecticut, who married Rebecca X. Gardner, of 
Dundee. Xew York. Tliey married January 22. 1S46. He was bom October 
10. 1822. an<l tlie date of his wife's birth was February 2. 1S26. ^Irs. 
Conger was Ijorn in Bourneville. Oliio. Spencer H. DeForest lived in Penn- 
svlvania. later Ohio: then he came to Shelby county. Indiana, and settled in, 
Hendricks township. He practiced tnedicine successfully for many years. 
dying in 1892. his wife having preceded him to the silent land in i8go. Three 
children were born to them, namely : Marian H.. widow of Abraham Wil- 
liam, who is deceased: she is living in Indianapolis. The second child of Mr. 
and Mrs. Spencer H. DeForest is tlie wife of the subject of this sketch: and 
their third child is Laura R.. who married James H. Ross, of Shelby ville, 
Indiana. To the subicct and his first wife one son was horn, Paul T.. whose 
birth occurred October 22, 18S2. and whose death was on September 


30, 1905. Mrs. Conger's fatlier was a natural nuisician. iK-ini:,^ nn 'ficicnt mi 
the guitar. He cunipcjsed cmisitlcrable iiuisic of e.\CL'llent (fuality. 

In 190J Mr. Gmyer located in Addijon townslii]) in Sectim 3, where he 
now resides. He secured sixty acres of land and made many vakmblc im- 
provements on the same. He raises Jersey caule and Poland China hogs, also 
Barred Plymouth Rock poultrw Everything about liis place in the way of 
stock, poultry, etc., is first class. He has devoted his life to farming and is 
well abreast of the times on all subjects relating to fanning. He has a com- 
fortable home, also a good barn and farming machinery. 

Air. Conger has never aspired. to office of public trust. In politics he is 
a Repul)lican. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal cliurch. while Mrs. 
Conger holds membership with the Baptists. The former is a member of the 
Royal Neighbors ar.d a }\Iasun since 1S74, belnnging to the Blue Lcjdge of 
Shelby ville. He is a member ui the Kniglus of Pythias. Xo. :;4i. of Suljihur 
Hill; also a member of the Mudern \\'(><xlmon, Xo. 3272. of Slulljyville. 
The fine b.ome of the subject is known thrDUghi.ut the cranny as \\'e>i \'ie\v 


The large vcae that he recei\-ed when he snccessfull}- sought public office 
attested ti) the great popularity of Joint M. Moberly in Shelby county, and 
was an evidence of the perfect cont'idence the people thereof place in Mr. 
AIi)Ler!_\- is a thoroughly practical farmer, and has had much success in agri- 
cultural pursuits He was born in Union township. Shelby county. August 
8, 1843, ^"'-'^ 'S the son of Thomas iloberly. of Madison county. Kentucky. 
His father was born January 20. 1S21. being the eldest of a family of three 
children. His parents were William and Martha (Robertson) Moberly. 
They were originally from Xorth Carolina. Both of them died in Kentucky. 
When James Robertson, an uncle of Thomas Moberly, came to Shelby county 
to live, the boy accompanied him. He was given as good an education as it 
was possible to procure in these early days. He was married in Eebruary, 
1842, to Julila Bames. of Iventucky. and they became the parents of six chil- 
dren. Besides John M.. there were the following: William X.. farmer in 
Decatur county, died 1905: James H.. single, justice of peace. Shclbyville; 
Mary married Dr. A. M. Pherson. Osborn. Ohio, and has three children. 
Adella. Ora and Hester: r^Iartha married Samuel Earthing. I'nion townshij). 
has one daughter. Bertha M. ; Edward R.. farmer in Marion township, mar- 
ried Carrie Yearling. 

Thomas Moberlv was a hard working and thrifty man. He owned four 
hundred acres of valuable land, and gave each of his children a g>)od start in 


life. He anJ his wife were I'-.ih active members of the Dapiisi ciiurch and 
highly respected. He was a Wing and then a Republican. He served as a 
justice of the peace for thirty-six years. In 1887 he moved to Shclbyville. 
and died there Octuber 11, 1908. His wife had preceded him to the grave in 
Jur.e, 1 9c J. 

John }il. Moberly lived at home with his parents until he was thirty-une. 
On Decemb-er j8. 1876, he was married to Mary E. DeW'itt. of b'nidii town- 
ship, daughter of Hiram De\\"iit. He was liorn h~ebniary 10, 1818. being the 
fourth of a family of nine children. The DeWitts came to Shelby county in 
1S22 and settled in L nii-'n bnvn.shiji. Hiram lived at home until he readied 
the age of twenty-two years. He had been educated in the primitive log- 
school of that day. He married Mary K. Gunning. May 20, 1840. and they 
had eight children, two of whom are now living, the latter l)eing ]\Ir.s. ]\loberly 
and Phoebe A. Talbert. Those dead were tliram \\'., Thomas J.. William 
E., David W.. James .M. and I'eter M. 

Mr. and Mrs. Mobcrlv ha\e four children: Cliarles E. married firsl to 
2v!ay Brown, deceased, second to Florence Jones: has one son, by first wife, 
Thomas L.. and two siins by second. ^Nbjrris and Clark: Harry }i[. married 
Mildred Maior. one sor.. Major: I'^rank and Oris, single and at home. .Shortly 
after their marriage the Moberlys locateil on a farm in Addison towu'^hip. 
where they still live, and where they own one hundred and twenty-twc> aci-es 
of verv valuable land. Since entering upon this place they have made many 
costlv improvements. He also is the owner of forty acres upon which his 
son. Charles E., resides. 'Mr. Moberly has always been a famier. of that 
caliber that insists upon keeping abreast of the times. He has aiwa\s been a 
consistent Republican, and was honored by that party with the ofiice of County 
Commissioner, serving for three years. The subject is a Mason, being n 
member of Blue Lodge. Xo. 24. Shelbyville, Indiana. Mrs. Moberly is a 
member of the Little Blue River Baptist church. Mr. Moberly and his wife 
have both taught school at one time in their lives, the former having served 
in that capacity for eleven terms. They are very well known throughout 
.Shelby ci.uiUx'. and highl_\' respectetl by their neighbors. 


The familv of this name, which has been identified with Shelby county 
for over forty years, originated in Kentucky, where its members were well 
known and connected extensively with, the development of the fanning in- 
terests. Samuel F. Cox. who was b^ 'rn in Kentucky in the twenties, grew 
up to be a farmer and following agricultural pursuits all his life. He iriar- 


ried Mary Flack, a yirl of Kentucky nativity, by wiicni lie had seven cliildren, 
the survivors being Henry, Wesley, Albert and Oscar. These children were 
all reared upon the Kentucky farm and. after reachinc: manliond. branched 
out with various callings as a means .'f livelihood. Oscar Cox. tlie third of 
his father's living children, was born in (kdl.iiin county, Kentucky, Xoveni- 
ber 13, 1S44. The schools in Kentucky in those days were few and poor, and 
the chances for education were limited. O.scar, like all farmer boys, had to 
help with the farm work as soon as he was able to do chores, drop corn or 
handle a hoc. Ily intermittent attendance in subscription schools, he acquired 
a knowledge of the essentials suthcient to tit him for the ordinary lJl!•;i^e^s of 
life. He was ambitious and not finding the prospects in Kentucky very 
premising, he determined to seek a locality that olYered better opportunities 
to the aspiring. Turning his face northward, across the Ohio and eventually 
found liimself in Shelby county, Imliana, he secured a job as farm laborer 
and worked by the month for some years. It was in 1S66, shortly after the 
close of the Civil war, that he became a citizen of Xoble township, v.'ith which 
he has ever since been connected. There was then in Xoble township a family 
of ]\Ioores, descendants of early pioneers, who came in when everything was 
wild and only partly developed. The first arrival v,-as llenry Moore. a native 
of Virginia, who married a daughter of another old southern family. John 
Moore, one of their sons, who was a child when his parents came to the coun- 
ty, was reared on his father's farm, and in early manhood married Rebecca 
Haymond, by whom he had eight children : Rebecca. .A. A., Henry C, Mary 
].. John and James, twins; John W. and Sarah R. The onlv survivors are 
A. A., Sarah R., and Mary ]. The latter wa^ Ijorn March 16. 1839. and on 
September 18, 1873, was married to Oscar Cox. Mrs-. Cox was reared on 
her father's old homestead, where she and her iiusband n(^w reside. Her 
training and education was similar to diat of most farmers' daughters, and 
she grew up to be an excellent housewife, jxissessing a fair education, ob- 
tained in the district schools and well qualified to make a good fanner's wife. 
]Mr. and Mrs. Cox have an only daughter. Ida M., who was born .\])ril 3, 
1875, and is now the w'ie of Edward Hawkins, a farmer of Washington 
township. Mr. Cox owns sixty acres of land in a desirable section of the 
township, which he spent many years in cultivating, but is now retired from 
active business. The family are members of the ^Methodist Episcopal church 
at \\'al(lron, of which !\fr. Cox is one of the stewards. In politics lie adheres 
to the Democratic party, but is not an otTice seeker, tlniugh he consented to 
ser\-e one term as Road Super^'is ir. He has led the quiet, unobtrusive life 
of a farmer, but has so conducted his business as to earn the good will and 
esteem of all his neigliliors. The family are respected as among the worthy 
citizens of the township who have well fulfilled their duties as friends and 


\VII.LI.\M .Wl-.RV. 

One of the ]iri.i;rc<?i\o ;i.L;ricultiiii-ts of Xulile low iisliip. Shelby cmiiity. 
and a native 1» rn citizen cf the >anie i^ W'iUiam .\very. \vli(i>j >late ct hinh 
occnn-cd I'elnuaiy 17. iSoc, th,c snn of Oscar aial lihzalietli (r.o.oks) 
Avci-y. an dd ami inlluential family of this locality. Oscar .\very was born 
in iS.V. Th.e Averv familv came to this county in a very early day and set- 
tled on I'lat Rock creek in Xnhle township, and to its several memb.-rs as 
much a-; to any other family is due the snb-ciincnt dcvel pnui-i of the same. 
Here Oscar was horn and liere he helped develop the farm which his father 
entered from the government. Oscar grew to manhood in this community 
and married here, the maiden name of his wife being Elizabetli P.rooks. the 
daughter of a family who settled here in a very early day. He went to 
Xew Albany, Indiana, where he still resides. To ^ir. ar.d Mrs. Oscar Avery 
twelve children were born, five of whom are n<)w living, namely: Edwin, of 
Texas : William, of this review : Dud.ley, of Xoble township : Eugene, a con- 
ductor on the Chicago & Alton Railroad: Lester, of Salisbury, Xorth Caro- 
lina. He is assistant superintenden.t on the Southern Railroad. 

\\'illiam Avery was reared on the farm and educated in the common 
schools: also studied in the Danville Xormal School, where he prepared him- 
self for a teacher, which profession he followed with great success for a pe- 
riod of thirtten years, having- during that time taught many district schools, 
giving the utmost satisfaction to both pupil and patron. He was principal of 
the W'aldron schools for a period of tnve years. But believing that greater 
opportunities awaited him in the business world, he abandoned teaching, and 
is now a contractor of bridges and macadamized roads. He has been emi- 
nentlv successful in the contracting business and he has turned over many 
large jobs during the past few years. He also finds time to do general farm- 
ing on one hundred and sixty acres of land which he owns in sections 5 and 
6. in Xoble township. He has a goixl farm, which he manages successfully, 
although very busy with his other work. He keeps a large number of ex- 
cellent teams for his work in contracting and on the farm. He has a beautiful 
modern residence, and good barns and outbuildings. 

Mr. Avery married Ella McXeeley in 1880. She was born and reared 
in Shelby county, and her family has long bein well known in this locality. 
To this union three children have Ir.en born, one dying in infancy. Those 
living are Clyde, who is now twenty-six years old, works with his father in 
his contracting and other business: Stella is the wife of C. C. Curtis. 

Mr. Avery's first wife died in 1897, and he married a second time, his 
last wife being Ida M. Marshall. She is a woman of refinement, and to this 
union, one child, Lois Eernice, was born in 1899. 

Mr. Avery is a member of Waldron Lodge, Xo. 234, Eree and Accepted 

686 chaduick's historv of shelp.v co., ind. 

^lasons; also belongs to. Lodge Xo. 422, Knights of Pythias, at WaUlron, 
and Lodge Xo. 197, Independent Order cf Odd Fellows, of which he is past 
chancellor and post nuhle grand. He is a meniher of the Grand Lodges. 

I\Ir. Avery is a Democrat in liis political relations, and he \erv faithfullv 
served his comity (Shelby) as Collector imni 189O to 1900. He is well 
known ihroughout the county and is generally popular. 


The family of this name, long and favorably known in Rush and Shelby 
counties, is of Southern origin. Milton L. \\'agoner. who was bdin in Harri- 
son county. Kcr.tucky. in iScw. came with his parents to Imlicma when h.e 
was seventeen years old. His father entered land in Rush C(-ini-.ty. near [Mos- 
cow, when the whole region was covered with primeval ftirest and entirely 
destitute of the appliances of civilization. The nearest cabin was seven miles 
away, the mill so distant that a trip for meal or grain was quite an under- 
taking, and little to console the incomer, except the abundance of game and 
the fine fish that wriggled in the clear, pure water of the unpolluted streams. 
The older ^\"agoner. assisted by his boys, had to cut a trail through the forest 
from St. Omer back to his newly entered land. After he had reached his ma- 
jorit\", Alilton L. Wagoner began branching out for himself and soon dis- 
played talents of a high order, in different pursuits. Being devoutly religious 
from youth he figured conspicuously for years in all matters of church govern- 
ment and development. He was instrumental in establishing the Ebenezer 
chm.-ch of the Alethodist Episcopal denomination in Orange town.ship. Rush 
county, and for forty-two }ears was superintendent of the Sunday school. 
Having a good education and a natural talent for oratory, he gained local 
fame as a public speaker and was always in demand when an address was 
needed. As an exhorter, the Methodist church could shtjw few equals to this 
backwoods master of eloquence. He was also successful as a school teacher 
and followed this profession for twenty-three years. He was fond of out-of- 
door life, an excellent shot with a rifle and a game hunter that ranked with 
the best of his time. September 8. 183 1. he married La\ ina M. r^IcDutfee. who 
was born in Harrison county. Kentucky. Jime 29. 1813. and came with her 
people to Rush county in company with the Wagoners. The families k^cated 
in a mile or two of each other, the children grew tip together and there was 
always the greatest intimacy and neighborly exchange between them during 
all the years that followed their settlement. To Miller L. and Lavina \\'agoner 
the follnw ing children were born: Cinderilla. deceased: liuhama (lUi'liv). 
of Illinois; Catherine, deceased, as are I'eter and .\nna, also; Robert, a re>i- 


dent of Rufli county: Sarah Ann and \'cnila (Sinipscn) live in Bine Kidge. 
and James is a resident of Rush county. 

Hayden Hayes Wagoner, the ninth child, was hi)rn in Rush cmnily. 
June i6. 1849. H'^ father heing a teacher, he had the henefii nf hi-; instruc- 
tii'ii for several terms and also attended private scho.>l in old ]-Jienezer church. in connection with much hard study at night, made him in time an un- 
usually well educated young man and lie utilized his advantages by teaching 
eight years in Liberty township. After completing these terms, he spen.t some 
time in Clreensburg. but cAcntually settlcfl down again, to residence on his 
farm. His father died at the advanced age of ninety-three years, and his 
mother closed her earthly experiences on January 24. 1892. She was highlv 
respected as an exemplar of what a good Christian mother should he and her 
religious inclinations came naturally, as she was the daughter of a pioneer 
preacher of the [Methodist church. 

October 6, 1S70. Mv. Wagoner married Elizabeth, daughter of William 
and Helen (Boring) Boys, natives of Ohio and among the early settlers in 
the ^lilroy neighborliood of Rush county. They have three children : Otto, 
born February 24. 1872. married Xannie. daughter of Doctor Shrout, at Wal- 
dron. hascnc chiUl. Floyd Far!, and reside- in Rush county: Alto. 1; irn April 
23. 1874, married Dell:en X.>rris, of Lilieriy township, and has two children. 
Marie ar.d Stanley: Bessie, born December 14. 1877. ni.-uried FJora Hunger- 
ford, resides in Xoble township and has one child. \'anch. Mr. Wagoner 
keeps up with the procession as a progressive farmer and is quite pr. anincnt 
in the affairs of Liberty township. Instead of joining in the cr\- against the 
"red devils," Mr. \\'agoner purchased an automobile for his own use. taking 
the view that these machines were more useful to farmers than any other 
class. His home is supplied with all the comforts and many of the luxuries 
of modern life, and it is only necessan,- to glance over the place to see that 
there is a man in charge who likes to see things kept in good order. The 
rural mail delivery, telephone and fine pike roads and nearby electric tr()lley 
line leave nothing to be desired in the way of conveniences and give cvi.lence 
that the Wagoner home, like thousands of others in our great countrv. is en- 
joying the best that can be accorded by twentieth century- civilization. 


Xorth Carolinians bearing this name migi'-ated to Ohio alxjut the time 
it was made a state, or shortly afterward, and joined in the development of 
that new commonwealth. Absalom r,reeiie. a s(.in of the first settler, was born 
in Ohio Tanuarv 20. 1820, and was some five or six vears old when his wid- 

688 chauwick's iiistokv ok siielbv co., ind. 

owed mother decitleil to leave the Buckeye state and into the still 
wilder regions of Indiana. It was about i8j6 tliat the mother and eight chil- 
dren appeared in the little town of Shclbyville. seeking an opporliniitv to 
secure some government bird. Tiiey hiipdly 1. cated < n Dine river, iusi above 
the town, when the whole face of the country was covered with sv,amps and 
timber. After he grew up Absalom became a farmer, and in the course of 
years pmsptred. being c. ^^idered one of tiie well-to-do land owners of the 
county. He was a man of unusual intelligence, read much and aimed to 
keep well jjosted on current events. He was a member of the Baptist church 
in Addison township, held the oflke of deacon, was a regular attendant, aiid 
led in the old-fas!iic;ned singing, and was one of the most enthusiastic workers 
in the congregation. He devoted his entire life to his farm, his home and 
his church. He died at Shelbyville. December 19. 1898. He married Marv 
Montgomery, who was born in Kentucky, December 19, i8jj. and died 
March 5, 1900. Her parents, who brought her here in girlhood, located 
four miles east of Shelbyville, on the Michigan road. To .\bsaloni Greene 
and wife six children were born: John \\"illiam : Sanford Perry, of Madison 
county; Elizabeth Ann (McCauley) lives at W'aldron : Annis Laird lives 
at :\leltzerville: Olixcr Lindsay, d'eceised ; Emma j. (Thompson) lives at 
\\'inchester. John William Greene, his father's oldest child, was born in 
Addison township, Shelby county. Indiana. Oct'. her 8, 1843. Schools were 
scarce and poor in those days, but he tnanaged to obtain enough education to 
qualify him to teach school. Thus equipped, though still quite young, he 
started out as an educator, and devoted ten years to the business in Xoble, 
Addison. Liberty and }^Ioral townships. After he quit teaching he farmed for 
several years, but in April. 1887, located at W'aldron for the purpose of en- 
gaging in other pursuits. For several years he was employed by David 
Grubb in the grain business, and later became interested in the implement 
business for several years. Eventually he became connected with the gas in- 
terests, and at present is secretary of the Citizens' Gas Company at \\"aldron. 
October 8. 1872, Mr. Greene married Margaret J., daughter of Robert 
G. McDulTee. her birth occurring in Liberty tov^•ns!lip, Shelbv countv, In- 
diana, June 26, 1848. The only child of ^Nlr. and Mrs. Greene, whom thev 
cliristened Elva May. was born August 12. 1873. ^"cl died Januarv 28, 18S9. 
The family were members of the Methodist Episcopal church at W'aldron. 
Mr. Greene belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic, at Shelbvville. Mav 
2. 1864, Mr. Greene enlisted in Company E. One Hundred and Thirty-second 
Regiment Indiana \'olunteer Infantry, under Colonel \'ance and Captain 
Allen and helped do guard duty. He became ill at Nashville. Tennessee, and 
was in the hospital until his discharge in tlie fall of 1S64. The familv occu- 
pied a neat and commodious home at W'aldron. where everything indicates 
happiness and prosperity. ^Irs. Greene is a member of the Eastern Star, and 


active in matter? cinincctcd with that popular order. She is a si<ter of (i. P.. 
McDuffee. anu the family is one of the old and well estahlished social con- 
nections of the count}-. Mrs. Greene's ancestors on the other side were from 
Scotland, and her father's people were from Ireland. 


The fannly of this name were Kcntuckians. hut sent representatives to 
Indiana in time to be classed aniung- the earliest .;if Shelby county pinneers. 
The first comers located on land in the vicinity oi what is now the town of 
Geneva, and there reared a family, of whom the most noted was W. W. 
Keeling. He was born a mile from the villac^e in Shelby county. Indiana. 
October lo. 1830. and after growing up became a school teacher. Later he 
studied medicine and was one of the pitmecr physicians oi the eastern part of 
Shelbv county. He was always fond of politics and figured as one of the 
local leaders of the Democratic party. After removing to Nebraska he was 
elected a member of the Legislature and became well known as an advocate 
of the Democratic party principles. He met Marian Spier, a uati\'e of Switz- 
erland county. Indiana, bc'rn July 25. 1837, and the child of parents who 
came from Edinburg. Scotland. Doctor Keeling and lady were married at 
Omaha. Nebraska. June 22. 1S5S. and are still residents of that state, hale 
and hearty for their ages. They had h\ e children. John R,. a resident oi Shelby- 
villc; Charles M.. a physician in South Dakota: William E., a citizen of Mon- 
tana; James Edwin and Mrs. [Marian R. Cullver. of Omaha. Doctor Keeling 
still does a little practice in his Nebraska home, but has changed politics to 
the Prohibition party and is a niember of the }kIethodist Episcopal church. 

James Edwin Keeling, his father's fourtli chilil, was born in Geneva. 
Shelby county. Indiana. October 20. 1867. After finishing in the country 
school's he attended Hartsville College and the Hope Normal, laying the 
foundations for a good education with a view to a professional career. Even- 
tually he becaiue a student of the Indiana Medical College, from which he was 
graduated in the class of 1891. after which he took a post-graduate course 
in one of the best medical institutes of New York. He holds membership in 
the American Medical Association, also in the county and state associations de- 
voted to physicians. Doctor Keeling began practice at Geneva and reinained 
there for twelve years, when he estalilished hiiuself at Waldron, since which 
he has enjoyed a good and steadily growing patronage. lie is popular with 
the profession as well as the people, and is regarded as one of the county's 
most prominent physicians of his age. He is a meir-ber of the Masonic Order, 
Modern Wo.Mlmen. Ben Hur and Knights of Pythias. He is also a member 


690 CIIADWICK's history of SHELBY CO., IXD. 

of the ]\k''Jio(list churcli and Pmliihition pany, liolding- views on tlie ini- 
liortance of temperance and the necessity of moral education i>>\- nur \. aith, 
April 12. 1 89 1, Doctor Keeling was married to Lizzie IScnjamin. hy wlmni he 
has had one child. Roy E., born January 29, 180-. Tlie nimlu'r dving l-'eb- 
ruary 9. 1S95. Doctor Keeling was married to 'Mavv J. .Miiclu-11 on April 2S, 
1S96. She was born February 20. 1876, in Tipton countv. Bv this uniim 
there were four children : Forest E., born June 8. 1897; Ii'ene. born September 
16, 189S. died June 29, 1S99; Fredrick A., born March 9, 1900, and Lucille 
Gladys. Ixirn December 8. 1902. 


The family of this name were Germans, long residents in the State of 
Bavaria. Th.c only member wdio seemed to catch the emigratinn fever was 
the present well known farmer of Liberty township, who decided at an earlv 
age tliat America ottered far better opportunities for the \-oung and adven- 
tnriiu; than could be afforded in the older countries of Europe. So while his 
parents. Nicholas and ]\Lary Feilig. decided U: adhere to the b'atherland. Jacob 
had formed other plans and was ambitious to try his fortunes and acquire 
wealth in the powerful republic beyond, the sea. He was born in Bavaria. 
Germany, April 29. 1854, and nineteen years later was on board a 
bound for Xew York. Fie stepped ashore full of hope and vigor, but poorly 
supplied with th.e one thing needful to enable a Piian to do business in the world. 
However, he pushed on into the interior until he readied Cincinnati, the great 
headquarters for incoming Germans, and here iie halted to see what he cottld 
do. Fortunately he had learned the baker's traile before leaving Germany, 
and had no diH^cult^■ in securing work in one of the Cincinnati bakeries. Fie 
held to this for seven years, and was wise enough to save money as he went 
along, which stood him in good stead when he made his next move on the 
world's checker board. He received fair educational aflvantages in his native 
country, and this also came into good play when he entered the tasks of the 
future. It was in 1880 that he arrived in Shelby county and soon afterward 
we find him on a farm, working and managing it after the thrifty and ener- 
getic way peculiar to his nationality. He met with success from the start, 
gradually increasing the value of his farm by improvements and g(.>od man- 
agement, and today ranks as one of Shelby county's prosperous and relialjle 
farmers. All of the later improvements on his land, such as barns, outbuild- 
ings and other necessar\- adjuncts, were made l)y Mr. Fcitig himself. On 
the outskirts of Waldron he has built a residence which makes (,ne of the 
coziest and most iriviting homes in this part of Shelby county. Mr. b^itig 


is a nienil)cr of the German Lutheran cliurch in I'nion township, and is con- 
nected with the .Masoin'c Order at Waldron. 

In 1S7Q Mr. Feitig- niarrieil ^ilargaret Kek. wlio was born in Shelhv 
county, April 19. 1S49. Her fatlar was Ccoroe Eck. wlio was descended from 
Germans who emigrated from I'.avaria in tlic early part of the last century, 
and became pioneers in I'nion townsliip. Mr. and Airs. Feitig have two 
children. Anna M.. born August j, iSSo, married Rcw McDaniel. and resides 
in Liberty town-liip; I'l.Ma. liorn A])ril u. iSSS. married Clemens Sicfer and 
resides in Shelby lown-liip. The F.cks and Feitigs are fine samples of the 
German-American iK.»pulation, which has been such an important factor in 
building up all of our western states. .Shelby coun.ty got her share of these 
desirable people, and they liave left tb.eir impress in many ways on the county's 


The records of this family carry us brick to old \'irginia. in the eighteenth 
century, before the DecJarati' n of Indep^-ndence had been issued, and long- 
before the United States ( i.jvernnient was organized. We read of the tirst 
John Haymond as being Ijorn as far back as Aijril 7. 1773. and marr\ing 
Dorcas Holt, December 3. 1793. He was married a second time to ALiry 
Hollenbeck. December 18. 1S06. b_\' which union there were ten children. 
Some years later the family came west and settleil on land in Shelby county, 
before the state was admitted to the Lnion. On this farm the elder John Ihiv- 
mond died, August 21, 1S34. His oldest son. John Haymond. Jr.. who was 
born in A'irginia. September u. 1807. came with his parents to Indiana when 
ab(iut fi\-e years old. They readied Franklin county in 1S12. and li\-£d awhile 
in Ih-ookville. later pushing on farther west until they found a suitable Icjca- 
lion in th.e northwestern part of Shelb_\- county. 'I'he jiuiior John HaynvMid 
located at ^Nliddlctown and engaged in farming and merchandising. In 1S26 
he bought a farm on which was subsequently laid out the town of Waldron, 
in Liberty township. The original platting of the village was made in 1853- 
54 and the site tofik up a part of the Stroup and Flaymond farms. John Hay- 
mond rose to prominence in the business world of that day. was captain of 
militia, and connected with every enterprise of importance that was set on 
foot in his community. He married ^Margaret Cummins, a native of Aliarni- 
town. Ohio, who came to Shelby coun.ty with her paren.ts in 1830. She flietl 
in Shelby county after completing the ninety-third year of her age. John 
and Margaret (Cummins) Ha\-mond became the ])arents of three children: 
Cynthia A.. Cecilia J., who married ])elos ThonipMiu. and Joseph .\. The 
father died April 9. 1S40. when in the jM-ime of life and fullness of promise 
of future usefulness. 

692 CHADWICK's history of SHELBY CO., IND. 

Josei)h Alfred IlayiiKuid. liis youngest cliiltl. was Ijorn in Siiclljy county, 
Indiana, July 10, 1S39. As a h: ly he b.'canie ac(|uainted with the inside of 
the log cabin school-houses with, their puncheon tloin's. orreased paper win- 
dows, and "boarding- around" teachers. I^ducation wa^ hard to acquire and 
lew of the pioneer children were able ti.) get l)-\(inil the rudiments. W hen 
fourteen years old lie entered a country store a> a sale-man, and his whole 
life has been devoted to mercantile pursuits. .\s a merchant at Waldron, he 
became known the county o\x'r and his name became a household word in 
the townships doing business with the progre=..vive little village. ]-"or years 
he has been the most influential man and one of the m ist popular of Liberty 
township's citizens. He ser\ed as Trustee several terms, h.eld other minor 
offices, and was a w heel-hcrse in the Democratic party. In fact he was one of 
the builders of Waldron, one part of which is known as Ilaymond's .\dd;ti(.in. 
His store is the largest, as well as the oldest, in the town and has lieen a land- 
mark for more than a generation. In 1904 ^Ir. Ha_\mond established a pri- 
vate bank, located in a part of his store building, and owned and officered by 
Jiimself and family. He is an excellent business man of high integrity and 
conscientious in dealing with the public, shrewd in bargaining and safe in 
everv wav. He has achieved success and deser\es it. as there i^ no cle\"erer 
man in Shelby county than Joe Hayniond. At the beginning of the Civil war 
he had a short military experience as a member of the Seventy-sixth Regi- 
ment, Indiana \^olunteer Infantry. 

May 27, 1879. 'Mr. Haymond married hulia, daughter of Thomas A. 
Cotton, tnember of one of the most prominent families of I'nion town.diip, 
and descendant of the earliest pioneers of that part of the county. Mr. and 
]\Irs. Haymond have two sons. Frank li., and Earl J. The former was born 
]\Iarch 20, iSSo, and married Minnie, daughter of Jerry I^yton, of Lebanon, 
Indiana. He is vice-president of his father's bank, and acts as tnanager of 
his mercantile interests. Earl J. was 'born July 31. 1882, married Myrtle ^^Ic- 
Neelev, resides at Waldron, and is cashier of his father's bank. 


Though origir.allv \'irginia'-.s. the Shrouts became domiciled in Ken- 
tucky at an early peri.ul of the last century. .\. W. Shrout, who was horn 
in Bourbon county, Kentucky, October 12, 1823. of \'irginia parents, was 
perhaps the most notetl man that ever bore the name. His business was 
farming and merchandising, success being achieved in both lines, and his en- 
tire life, with the exce[ tion r,f tive years, was spent in his native state. He 
was quite versatile in his habits, ptosse-sed of boundless energy, and durip.g 


his long' and acti\-c lite he was engagofl in many t-ntcrpii^i's. Amcuig his 
ventures were n saw mill and lumber yard, which he manai^ed w ith his usual 
vim and skill, always extracting a ]5rofit from what he mideniKik. After a 
career of much iirdniinencc and jKipulariiy in Kentucky, he came to Shcihy 
county about i')02 and ]nn-chascd land. He made his hume at Waldo m until 
1907, at which time it could be truly said of him that he was one of the most 
respected men of the county. He joined the Masons in Kentucky when the 
siege was being conducted against Masonry and was a Royal .\rch Mason all 
his life. He also joined the Grangers, when t'lat nviveiuent am. >ng the farmers 
for the betterment of conditions had invaded Kentucky. He married Sarah 
Highland, who. of German parentage, was Ij^rn in Bourbon county. Ken- 
tucky. June jq. 1S17. and died July i. 1886. They became the parents of 
eleven children: Amelia J.. Abraham T.. James D., \\'illiam T., Isaac M.. 
Samuel J., John \V., Hannah E.. INIary C.. Geurge Andrew ar.d .\nnie 1.. 

William Taylor Shrout. fourth of the family, was l)orn in Nicholas 
countv. Kentuckv, Mav 13. 1S45. He attended school at Sharpsburg and 
took the preparatory- course at Richmond. Virginia, in medicine. Later he 
was graduated from the Richmond Medical College, and went to Missouri, 
with a view to taking up the practice of medicine. He was licensed at the 
age of nineteen and opened an office at Pleasant Hill, wlicre he was captured 
bv Confederate soldiers and sent to Price's anuy as an conscript. After the 
war. Dr. Shrout married Lucy A'irgir.ia Xeal, who was liorn in Kentucky. 
April 19, 185 1. He then went to farming and after four or five years 
removed to Boone county, Indiana, spent two years there and returned to 
Kentucky. Lt 1S89 he came to Shelby county and ever since his fiMiunes 
have been identified with the iieople of this section. He has since taken post- 
graduate c<'Urses in the Eclectic College of Physicians and Surgeons at In- 
dianapolis and the Bellevuc Hospital Medical College at Xew York, and has 
certificates from national and state medical societies. He has a fine practice 
at W'aldron and throughout the surrounding territory. He is a Royal Arch 
Mason and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Eellows. with die 
Patriarch r^Iihtant degree. He has been quite pn.nuir.ent in Iddge wi^jrh, 
going through all the chairs, but of late years has left such matters to the 
younger brethren. To Mr. and ^Irs. Shrout six children have been born: 
Lee \\'.. Sarah Xora. deceased; Lucy Mary, wife of Allen Reese, of Jennings 
county: Nannie R.. wife "f Otto Wagoner, of liush county: J. \\'., a physician 
at Shirlev. Indiana, graduate of Bennett College, Chicago, married Enima 
ilartin: \'irginia Ethel, at home. Doctor Shrout practiced medicine at Blue 
Ridge for sixteen years and has been at Waldron f^ir about nine years. He 
is progressive in his methods and ui)-to-date in practice, keeping an auto- 
mobile for the purpose of answering calls speedily. He is popular with, all 
classes and stands well in his profession. 

694 ciiadwick's histokv of snKi.r.v co., ixn. 


Ill aliinit tlie year 1840 Pliilliii P.argcr. of \'ir.i;iiiia, with his family, set- 
tled in Rush cuumy, InJiana. He took up j^overinnent land and prosiieivd. 
One ..f his sons. Slilton. tonk up his father's \\<.rk. He married Malvina 
Liglitfoot and to this union were horn three children, of whom the suhjoct of 
this sketch, Jefferson Barger, was one. Jeilerson was born ^lay 20. 184S, 
near the present town of Rushville. His grandfather died on the farm he 
homcsteaded. and his maternal grandparents passed awav in Shelln'ville. 'I'hev 
were the parents of five children; John. Jefferson, Eliza. Milton and Lott. Of 
these Lott is the only surviving member of the family, he living in Indian- 

The ancestors of Jefferson Barger were classed amm-.g tlmse who did 
things and were identified with the community life in which ihcv lived. The 
subject's Mr. Lightfi'Ot. marrierl Ruby Peaslev. of Ohio, and 
was identified as one of its leading citizens. He died there and his widow- 
came to Rush county in the latter part of the thirties, where she obtained land 
and lived out her life. They were the parents of two sons and five daughters 
as follows: ]\Iontgoniery. ?\IcCa'], Sarali. Malvina. Margaret, luiiilv and 

Milton R. Barger grew up in Rusli count}', Indiana. Like other boys of 
his time he had to work hard and received only a common school education. 
To obtain that he had to walk frLun th.ree to five miles to school each day of 
the brief term. He married before lie was of age and removed to Shelby 
county in 1S50 ami located near Boggstown. Here he secured forty acres 
of land and lived there two years. He sold out and moved to Shelbyville and 
entered the grain and grocery business for H. P. Johnson for two years. 
Then he went into the grain business for himself and still later into the dry 
goods and grocery trade and in the livery business. In the meantime he 
bought land in section 30. Addison township, known as the Dixon farm. .It 
was heavily wooded, very rough and all under water. He cleared a gru'd 
portion of the land, put up buildings and eventually made an excellent farm 
out of what was once virtually waste land. Here he carried on general farm- 
ing and stock raising. Milton was a self-made man, widely known and highly 
respected. He was a Republican, after the dissolution of the old Whig party, 
and in later years was elected City Treasurer of Shelbyville and at another 
time Township Constable. Milton was born in 1827 and died December 22. 
1905. His wife was born in 1828 and died in January, 1907. He was a 
member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and at one time a member of the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. They had three children, Tefferson, 
George Washington and James Monroe. 

Jefferson was educated at Shelbyville, Indiana, and lived at his parents' 


home. Ik' \\a^ in hu-iiioss witli his father uiuil the a.tje of thirtv \ear.-;. In 
1878 lie married Jennie Miirarity. i,i iUillaln, .Ww \nvk. She was a dauyhler 
of Patrick and .Mary .M.. rarity, uhu eaine fn.m Ireland r,nd later went to 
Ohio. To the marriage were born the following- children: .Marv. of Indirni- 
apolis: Josephine and ^^largaret. of Indianapolis: Jeiniie: .Xellic. nf Cleve- 
land, Ohio: Dennis, of Indianapolis; Jack, of Ohio; Michael, who lives in 
Arkansas. One danghter, Jessie D.. married Harry Elheri Roth, of Sheliiy- 
ville, Febiaiary 12. 1907. They with Jefferson and condnci a dairy 

After his marriage Jefferson P.arger lived in Shelhyville until 1883. He 
was marshal of the town for several years and later moved to th.e farm where 
he now lives. His wife died June 20. 1906. He owns one hundred acres of 
fine land in Addison township, which is in an excellent state uf cultivation. 
He raises tine h.ogs of the Poland China and Berkshire breeds, and Jer.-ey 
and Shorthorn cattle. Mr. Earger has always taken a great interest in iioli- 
tics, is a Repuljlican and a patriotic citizen. He is known througlnxit tlie 
environs of his county for hi.s sterling character and has mam warm friends. 


Anton \\'isker was bom in Decatur county, Indiana, IMarcli 6, 1841. 
while his wife, Catherine W'anstrath, was a native of 1-^-anklin countw Thev 
grew up together and married in the latter county in 18^)3, where thev farmol 
until 1887, when they removed to Shelby county. Indiana, where he obtained 
eighty acres of land in section 23. Shelby t( wn.ship. He has since erected a 
residence and barn and made many material improvernents. He has now a 
well stocked, nicely drained farm, which produces equal 10 any farm in the 
county. He and his helpmeet are well preserved and lia\-e a legion of friends. 
He is a Democrat and a member of the St. Vincent Catholic church. 

John G. Wisker. father of Anton \\'isker, was a native of Hano\er. 
Xeuenkirchen, Germany, who married Catherine Xienaber, of the same town. 
They came to America in 1837 un a sailing vessel and the voyage took up 
twelve weeks. They landed without accident at Richmond. \'irginia, where 
they li\ed for one year, finally .going by a slow stage to Cincinnati. Ohio, 
where he worked as a day laborer. Later they removed to Decatur county, 
Indiana, where he obtained forty acres of wild land, erected a log cal)in and 
made a lowl\- Imnie for himself and family. Still later he removed to Frank- 
lin count}-. Indiana, where he secured sixty acres of land and began improve- 
ments which made it a gijod farm. aiK! here they li\-ed until the dri\ of their 
deaths. He passed av.-ay in 1894, his wife having died in 1881. The\- were 

696 chaiuvick's nisTOKV OF siir.Lin- co., ixu. 

bnth nienil.iers of the Catholic church. Their children were: Henry, who 
died on tlie voyage to America; INIary. deceased, married luhvard Helinich: 
Catlierine. wife of \Villi;im leaker, both deceased: Jolm married l.uzetta I. 
Horst. Ripley cminty. Indiana: Eli/aheth, wife nf Henry Ostcrling. now de- 
ceased; Kenr_\' married Mar)- Schrant. I'rankliu C"uniy, Imliana. 

The children of Antnn W'isker and wife are as follows: John married 
Julia Cord, farmer. Shell ly tnwnship. whose children are: 1:^(1 ward, Richard. 
Erma. Leonard. Artluir, (',<:<<V'j;q and Charles, twins, the latter dead. Anthony: 
Mary married Andrew A. Runimih; ihm. I'resoitt. Indiana. .Mary Rumme- 
Ixihm's children are: AIL^erl, Lewis, deceased: Bernard. Andrew, the latter 

On October lO, 1805. Anthony Wi^^ker married Annie R.w-nfeld, ..f 
Liberty townshi]!, Shelb\- Ci.ninty. The children nf Anthnny W'isker and wife 
are: Emma, born December 3. 1S96: Irene, biun Xo\emlx-r jo. i8i)8: Oara, 
born April 24. 1901; Anthony, Jr., born September 9, 1905 ; Mary, b.orn 
I-'ebruary 2. 1909. 


Among the leaders of the younger generation cf agriculturists of Shel- 
by county is Edmond Parrish, a breeder and driver of trotting horses, who 
resides within the environ? of .Shelby township. He is a son of James I^ar- 
rish, and was born April 21. 1S73. His father was born July 14, 1833. in 
the same county, and he was a si.n of Edmond Parrish. a native of Madi- 
son county. Kentucky, v.ho married Martha I'loyd, a woman of Scotch-Irish 
descent. His father was of Virginia. 

The great-grandfather of the present Edmund Parri^h was a native of 
Scotland, of Irish extraction, and settled in X'irginia in the early days, and 
later located in ]\Iadison county, Kentucky, where he died. A large family 
c:f the Parrishes grew to maturity, and Edmond'.- grandfather was twice mar- 
ried. He was a great hunter and woodsman. He and his family cunic over- 
land from Kentucky, driving a team comjiosed oi a horse and an ox, and 
located in Hendricks township. Later they moved to Shelby township, in 
section 36, and were among the very first settlers. Earmers cf that section 
at that time hauled their grain overland to Cincinnati, Ohio, and while on 
one of these trips he was run over by a wagon, and died. Tlie wife kc])t her 
httle brood together until they grew up. There were six children, as follows: 
Lear, married twice, first to a Mr. Campbell, and later to Martin Stephens, 
one daughter cf the second marriage. Kale Harris: Levi, fanner and dray- 
man at Shelbyville. married, and died in 1907: William, a soldier C'f the Mex- 
ican war and a farmer, married four times and the father of five chil- 

chadwick's jiistorv of shklby CO., iND. 697 

drcn ; E. K. Parrish, known a> "Kip." (!ro\e an ox team in i84(). througli u. 
California. He rtturncd 10 Shelljy cmnity in later years and hour^du a farm, 
removing to near Kcjki'nii; in iSS;. where he pnrcha.sed land and still resides; 
lie married, first. Xancy Swinford. who bcc-'.mc the mother of five chiildren ; 
John \\'.. a farmer antl contractor nud later a builder <>i railmad-. died in 
Shelby county: Thc-idore. of l^rankfort. Indiana, married Sallie Stephens, 
and the fidlowir.g chiUlren were W'vn to them; Harriet, deceased: Sarah, de- 
ceased: John IJ., teacher; Charles ami .\ilen, Xorth \'ernon, Indiana; Cora, 
Alfred and Letiie ; James F.. father of Edmond. 

James recei\ed what education he possessed from the little log school in 
the neighborhood. He was largely self-educated; he married Frances Clarke, 
of Shelby county, in 1835. She was the daughter of \\'illiam Clarke and 
Mary Van Benthusen. ]Mrs. Clarke's father was the first representative from 
Shelby count}" to the State Eegiflatiux and assisted in revising the statute^ 
of the state with Thomas A. Hendricks. He also helped to lav out the \i\ke 
roads of the state and blaze the way through from Shelbyville to Columbus. 
Intliana. He owned a large fann. and was an influential man in the county. 
He died of cholera when that plague swept Indiana. William Clarke was 
born in Cheshire. England, and he came to America. He taught. in an acad- 
emy in England, and was considered a learned man. \\"hen he arrivetl in 
America he located in Baltimore, and later in P'ittsljurg and Cincinnati. He 
went to Jackson towriship. Shelby county, ar.d took up government land, which 
he steadily improved. It was here his wife died. There were six children 
born to the un.ion ; Frances, motlier of Edmund Parrish,: Elizabeth, widow 
of Isaac \\"ats(in, Koki_nn.;>, Imliana : Mary Ann mcU'ried James Creen. of 
Shelby township ; ]\Iargaret married William Chesser, deceased ; she is now a 
resident of Washington township; John, soldier of Civil war. deceased, mar- 
ried Kansas Doran ; William, deceased, wh.o married Pluebe Osborne, who 
now lives on the old home place. 

After his marriage in 1856. James Parrish went to Shelbyville and en- 
g'a.ged in the hardware business. In 1862 he removerl to Ad.liscn townshii) 
and obtained eighty acres of land. Eventually he erected th.e fann h';me 
where Edmond now lives and succeeded in adding one hundred thirty acres 
to his holdings. He died May 18, 1907, and his wife in August. 1906. He 
was known as a piimeer breeder of fine horses and Poland China swine. In 
politics he was a Democrat, but never held othee. The children born to the 
union v.-ere ; Eliza, whij marriel Ezekiel Jackson, is the mother of one ciiild. 
Ora ; they live in Washington townsldp; Dr. J. Willard. of Shelbyville, prom- 
inent physician, a graduate of the Medical College of Indianapijlis and Rush 
jMedical School cf Chicago; he is at j^resent head of the City B.oard of Health, 
of Shelbyville; A\"illiam E., a teacher at the age of seventeen years; fariner 
and gardener at I-"lat Reck, Shelbv ciaintv; he married ]\Iav Billingsbv. and 

6o,S ciiadwick's iiistouv of siiKi.r.v co., i\d. 

has two children. Lawrence and Sadie: Mary Ellen married William Gray, 
of .Vddison township; farmer, three children. Xora. Mertlia and Bessie; 
George, single, for many years teacher in county schiiols; Frank, now of 
Sacranienlo. Cnlif..rnia. and cnnntcted with the I'niMn racific Railroad : he 
married a .Afiss Lamasters : Edmund, farmer in .Shelby t-'WiL-^hip. He has 
always lived on the farm he now owns, and was educated in the common 
schools of the county. Ele and his brother. George, are partn.ers in farming' 
the one hundred tlfty-fne acres of the old liomestearl. Edmund is a lover of 
fine trotting- horses and breeds and deals in this grade. l!c has made the 
routuls of the various county fairs, ar.d alwavs dri\es his own racers. He is 
favorably known over the county and many warm friends. }lc belongs to 
the Odd Fellows' lodge at Smithland. The other member of the family is Eva, 
who married Elmer Hurst, of Shelbyville; they have five children — Marie. 
Ethel. Leo. Carl and James. The l^arrish famil}- is one of the pioneers of 
Eastern Indiana, and all the members are esteemed as good citizens. 


Charles A\'erner. gardener and llorist. whose establishment ir. Smithland 
is one of the largest and best conducted of the kind in Southern Indiana, 
hails from Gennany. being a native of the Kingdom of Saxony, where his 
birth occurred January ii. iS6o. His parent; were Charles and Christina 
(Shrader) Werner, both born in the okl counti}-, the father a farmer by oc- 
cupation, d}-ing near the ancestral home in Saxony some years ago. The 
mother subsequently came to the United States, where .^hc spent the remaimler 
of her life. The family of Charles and Christina Werner consisted of eight 
children whose names are as follows : Charles, of tliis review ; Frank, wlio 
resides in Cincinnati. Ohio ; Henry, of Xew York City : Otto, who resides in 
Xev.- York, also; Rc1>ert. Adolph. Frtderick and Fannie, the last four de- 
ceased. Fannie having been accidentally killed while coasting down a hill, 
while the family lived in Xew York. 

Shortlv after the death of 'Sir. Werner, his widow and certain of her 
children came to America, landing in Xew York, remaining in that state 
from 18S2 until 1907. Charles, the f.ldest son. preceded the family to ibis 
country in 1S78. and for about three years following his arrival worker! in 
New York as a cabinet maker, which trade he learned in his native land, and 
at which he acquired great proficiency and skill. Before coming to the United 
States he also devoted considerable attention to scientific gardening, for 
which he early manifested a decided preference, and when not following his 
trade he found employment at this fascinating pursuit, during the time spent 


ill Xew York. At the expiratioa of the jjeriod iiuhVntcNl Mr. W'cnicr went to 
Cincinnnti. wliere he worked as a cabinet m.-iker inr Inur veais. aiul tlien i-ii- 
gag^eil in gfanlenini;^ in the city of J)a_vt(in. where he remained nntil his reni..\al 
to Slielbyvillc. Inihana. in i8S8. 

On coming;- to the latter place Mr. Werner entered the em]>!i.v .if the 
Shelhyville Cahinet Company as fnreman and .-hipping- clerk. Init alter a s!i'>ri 
time in that c:tpacity liis position and took cliar!.;e of a g-rocer\- store, 
wlncli he conducted for a limited peri.vl. later heconiing- mana^'er of a o<n- 
fectiontry estahlishi-nent. Meanwhi'e he matured plans for cns^aginij in gar- 
dening, and in due time carried the same ii-ito el'fecl hv esiahlisliing his present 
thriving business at Smithland. where, in adilition to general gardening, he 
conducts a large and thoroughly equipped green house, which has proven a 
very profitable enterjirisc. 

Mr. Werner has given much though to the calling in which he is en- 
gaged, and Conducts his estaljlishiucnt on strictly scientific princip.les, being 
an educated gardener and accon-ijilished florist, and familiar with every phase 
of tlie business. \M-iiIe raising all kinds of vegetables for wliich there is anv 
demand in their season and supplying a large local and general trade, he 
makes a specialty of winter gardcnir.g, his plar.t, which contain- aliout twentv- 
five thousand square feet of space ur.der glass, being thooughh- c(|uii)[)edi and 
con-iplete in its every detail. Connected with the establishment is a large mod- 
ern plant, which keeps the interior at an even temperature, one of the houses 
being devoted to the raising of radishes vn' wii-iter ccrisumption, one to let- 
tuce, and in a third are raised all kinds of llowers. plants and bulbs, in whicl-i 
departirient, as already stated, 1-ie has lutilt up an extensive and profitable pat- 
ronage. Since engaging in the business it has grown beyond his most sanguine 
expectatioi-is, the demand for his various products becoming so great, from 
time to time, that he has been obliged to enlarge the capacitv of his plant, the 
in-ijiroveiuenls now in process of construction being such as to increase th.e 
space under glass to an area of thirty-five thousand sqtiare feet. 

Mr. Werner is not only a sciei-itific gardener who keeps in close touch 
with everything relating to his calling, but is also an enterprising business 
man, besides possessing refined tastes and decided artistic tendencies as is in- 
dicated by the beauty and attractiveness of his establishment, and the skill- 
ful in which his business is conducted. In politics he is a Republicai:, 
but not a partisan, and in religion a nrjmber of the Lutheran church, his 
wife being a Baptist in belief. Fraternally he is iflentified with the Knigi-iis 
of Pythias and Modern Woodmen, in both <:.f v.hich societies he is an active 
and influential worker. 

Mr. A\'erner's domestic life dates fonn 1884. when he was uniterl in 
marriage with Caroline Leonard, of Morristowi-i, Xew [er>ev, daugh.ter of 
Silas and Faiu-iie Leonard, both parents natives of Xeu' Jersey. Mrs. 

/OO CHADWICK's history ok SHKLBV CO., IXD. 

iv tl'.e iViuitli of a family "f five cliililrcu. ilie names of Iut brotliers and sis- 
ters Ijeiiis' as fullow s : Su-an. (jcorge. Caroline and I'cn Leonard. In ad- 
ditiein to himself antl wife. Mr. \\ erner's li-nie eirele at this time includes 
six children, namely: Walter. Lula. I-"ann\-, (Iniee. C'hri-tina and Louisa, all 
very promising young i)eo])lc. and with their j) irent?. coiistiiuiing a mutually 
helpful and happy household. 


The well kmnvn and widely extended family uf this n.ame has heen con- 
nected with .^helliy ci'inity for ne;irl_\- eighty }ears. and has figured pri eminent- 
ly in the agricultural development of the northeastern t(.wnships. David and 
Jane (McKee) Jones were Penns}'l\anians, who settled in Ohio during the 
first quarter of the nineteenth centur}". spent several years in that stale and 
came to Shelby county in 1831. where they passed the rest of their days. 
Da\-id Jones. Jr., a son of this couple, was born in ^hlskingum county, Oliio, 
and came here with his parents in th.c year abuve stated, settlii\g in land 
bought from the government in Xolj'e township. He mairied Mary Stewart, 
of the same section of Ohio, and reared, a large family: he died November 
23, 1S92, aged se\-enty-seven years. His wife passetl away June (), 1S92. 
after completing her sixty-ninth year. Th.e children of David and Jane (Mc- 
Kee) Jones were: Jnhn, TLmias. David. Jacob, Samuel, Xancy, Mary. ]\Iar- 
tha, Elizabeth. Ellen and Ann. The children of David and Mary (Stewart) 
Jone.s were: Alary J., who married Reason Beggs: Samuel, deceased; Eliza- 
beth, Michael Halloram. Daniel S.. who married Leah Hazzard. and resides 
in Alabama; ALartha E., wife of William Riggs, of Xoble township: Melinda, 
deceased, wife of Thomas J. Ilndge, iif Liberty township. wImsc second \vife 
was Blanche Lantz. David Jones. Sr., the fiiurnler of the family in Shelby 
county, came from Ohio on foot and located his land, then brouglit his family 
in a wagon. The site of his farm was near Y>here Waldron now stands, and 
he went through all the labors and hardships of the early pioneer in clearing 
and making the home where he lived, f.ntil called away by death. His son 
David v>"k up land in Xoble township, where he farmed aiul worked as a 
carpenter until his death. 

Samuel Ji nes. his eldest son ar.d first child, was born in Xeiilc township, 
-Shelby county, Indiana, February 10, 1S41. He obtained but a limited educa- 
tion and remained at home until he became of age. December 22. 1864, he 
married Xancy, daughter of John and Amelia (Slye) Monroe, of 
county, Ohi(j. Jnhn was eight years old when brought to Ohio by his par- 
ents. J(.hn and 2^Iary ( Jack::on ) Akmroe. both sides of the family being re- 


lated to tlie 1 'residents of their names, 'i'iic founder of the family was Rnberl 
Monroe, who came from Scotland u< the I'nited States, and settled in Xcw 
Jersey. He was the g-randfatiier of Jolin .Miuiioe, wl:o came to Shelhv couniv 
in 1832, and settled in Xuhie towii'^hi]!. His father came later. ] Mon- 
roe Ixmtjht timljcr land, erected a cabin and entered ui),.n the lUi^iness of 
making- a Imme after the manner of the pinnter>. lie prospered, and before 
his death, in 1883. had accumulated si.x hundred acres of land. His wife 
passed away in 1896. on the same homestead that thev had entered some sixty- 
two years ben re. To John an<l Mary 1 Jacks-.n) M.^nroL- ci,<;ht children 
were born: Samuel, a farmer ai;d who married Dorcas Havniond ; 
Robert, who first married Xaiicy (ireen, and second Margaret Xich^'ls; ]i.b.n: 
Joseph, who married three sisters, Hariett, Emma Keeler, and :\lrs. Eliza 
Ann (Keeler) Cooley: Elizabeth. Amos, Joshua and Ephraim. To John and 
Amelia (Slye) M. nme the following chiKlren were born: Elizabeth, wife of 
John Watson. l>)th deceased: James, widower of Sophia Allen, deceased: 
Samuel died at the age of twenty-two: Cicero died unn.i;irried : )olin. car- 
penter and teacher, married Rebecca McCarty, and lives in I'latsmouth, 
Xebraska : William, a farmer in Washingtim township, hrst married Manila 
Jones, second. Mrs. Dora Riggs : Jacob died young: Wesley, a farmer of 
Shelby township, married Louisa Olvr. scomd. Susan Dark: llenrv died in 
1S63, at Milligan's Bend, during the war: Xancy. wife of SamuLd Tones. 
The latter had three children. 

Henry C. Jones, the eldest, was born in Xoble town.ship. educated in the 
common schools and served as C< mmissioner of Shelljy countv from looO 
to 1909. He is a pros],erous farmer, and one of the leading stock men of the 
county. Zora. the second child of Samuel and Xancy Jones, married Walter 
E. Sanders, of Liberty town.ship, and has two children, Theresa L. and Clif- 
ford H. ; Ora C, the }oungcst of the children of Samuel Jones, m.'irried. Ora 
D. Gillespie, a farmer of Xoble townshi]). and has thrte children — Marv E.. 
Willard A. and Mildred R. 

Andrew, the eleventh child of Jr,hn and Amelia (Slye) Monroe, is a 
miller in Wa-hington township. He ilrst n^arried Car'jiir.e Auti)le. ai.d. after 
her death. Lennie Deiwert. Mary, the twelfth child of John and Amelia 
Monroe, married Thomas Cage, and resides in Tipton county, Lidiaua. Eliza, 
the thirteenth child of John and Amelia Monroe, fu'st married George Hum- 
phries, and second. Abijah I'armer, wh.o lives in Tijit'-n c )untv. Samuel 
Jones died June 17, 1880. 

The emigrant founder of the Monroe family was a Scotchman, who enn'- 
grated to America before the Revolution, and .settled with his familv in X'ew 
Jersey. At a later period he removed to .Allegheny countv, Marvlan.d, of 
which Cumberland is the county -eat. A son named Robert, who was a na- 
tive of Scotland, married and reared a famih' of seven sons and two daugh- 

702 CHADWICK's HISTOKV of Slll.l.IiV CO., INI). 

tei-s: tlie sons wcie : John. W,!iiam, JikIuui, Andrew, R.ilicrt. Daniel :in.l 
CakI). John was Ikhh in Xcw Jersey, January 8, 177J. j. ined the Metho- 
dist cluirch when I'onrtecn year.- oM, an,l afterwards became .1 niini-ter of the 
Gospel. He died July 18. 18OJ. William beg-an prcachin<,r when still a bov. 
acted as chaplain to Congress f.;.r a year in earlv manho.'.d, and fiftv xcars 
later resumed the same pnsiti,.,n. He was presiding elder nf the church in 
]\lary!and for many years, an<l died in that sia.te. was alv. .-f a 
strung religious turn, and served fur forty vears as a Meth.-iiist niir,i,-;er. be- 
sides acting as presiding elder in Pennsylvania. Andrew was a iireacher and 
presiding elder in Kentucky, and went front there to Missouri, where h.- died. 
Robert, who was a farmer, died in Lnva, near .Mount Pleasant. One of the 
daughters of Robert ^b:inr. .e married, a man named Toushea. and move.l to 
Missouri. John Monroe married Mary Jack.-on, who was birn in New Ter- 
sey, April 14, 1775, 'Jdie Jacksons were Tories during the Revolutionary 
war. Their eldest >. m, Joseph, was a iireacher and a strong sympa!hi;:er v>ith 
the .\merican patriots, which, so enraged his father that he ordered him from 
home. John ^Monroe, when eight years old. went with his parents to Mary- 
land, and Mary Jackson, then aged four, came in aboitt the same time with 
her parents. Vears afterward they met, married and settled near George 
Plall. Two children were li..>rn to them at that place, Samuel and Ri;bert. 
Next, they migrated to Highland county, Virginia, and located on a stream 
■called -Middle Island. Four more children were added to their residence at 
this point — John. Joseph, Amos and Joshua. Fin.ling the farm too px-r to 
yield a support, they decided to abandon it and push on into the West. In 
the spring of iSi i. the father built a tiat boat and landed, with his familv. on 
the broad bosom of the Ohio. It was a typical pioneer turnout, the passengers 
consisting of father, mother, six children, a man named Holmes, who was a 
Alethodist minister, a ^.Ir. Gray and Mr. Ankrum. The live .stock included 
three horses, four cows, and twelve head of sheep, besides all of the household 
goods. After a week of pushing and rowing on the water, the little cavalcade 
landed at I'oint Pleasant, in Clermont county, Oliio. some twelve or fifteen 
miles from \\"illiamsburg. Three more children were added to this familv 
at this place — Elizabeth, Ephraim and Jacob. Elizabeth died when ten vears 
old. of measles. Being dissatisfied with the siuToundings and opp )rtunitics 
at this stopping place, the head cf the house decided to push on to .\uglaize 
coun.ty, where they bought military land, given to the S)ldiers of the Revolu- 
tionary war. One Towell owned the tract, a man named Little held a claim 
on it, and John !\Ionroe bought it of one Bunnell, who had secured his claim 
from Little. The suneys. which were recorded at tlte state capitcl. proved 
defective and a law suit eiisued. which, after lasting twentv vears. went 
against John Monroe. The title and improvements were involved and Towell 
won tlie case, tlirough a Kentuckv law\er named Mortem Mar.-ball, who nut 




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of land aiivl siartcii .iver attain. 


The Shelljyville faiiiil\- in tlii.s name originated in North Carohna. from 
whicli state RoIkti and Mary (Lane) Bens'in migrated to llutler comity. 
Oliio, well hack in the nineteenth century. Their son. John \\'.. who was at this 
time ahont thirteen years of age. some years later married Mary J. Clark. 
In 1840 the two families came to Slielhy county and located in Xolile town- 
ship, where the son had pre\iously purchased land. He went throu.gli all the 
rough work cif gruhhing. clearing and building, out of which eventually grew 
a comfortable country h.ime. He was a carpenter by trade, served twelve 
years as Justice of the Peace and enio_\-ed considerable local prominence. He 
died ?%rarch 4. 18S3, and his wife or. iJecembe;- 6, 1907. TIkv had IhirtLcn 
children: Rach.el A., wife of Elkanab, Lewis: Julius L.. Ma'ry J., wife of 
James Thornburg. of ]~>.catur cjunty: Lavina. widow of George Brooks; 
Eliza Ellen, deceased, wife of .\rdrey Welch; Elkanah. wdir) married Xaoini 
Moore, and li\-es in X'oble to\\r.shi[): Henrietta, who first married Alva 
Dronebarger and second Frank Robinson, of Anderson, fndiana. Ch.arlcs. 
who married Susan Reed, is now deceased: Sara .\.. wife of W. S. Rri\'ey. 
of Decatur county: William A., who married Catlierine Deiwert, of Wash- 
ington township; Roliert, George and John, deceased. 

Julius L. Benson, second of this large family of cliildren, was Ijorn in 
Xoble township. Shelby d.iunty. Indiana. February t8. 1842. After lie grew 
np. IMr. Bensi.m became a school teacher and taught for twelve years in Slieiby 
county, Indiana, and Monroe county. Iowa. He also resided for soir.c }-ears 
in Decatur county, this state, and has been engaged in various lines of busi- 
ness. For several seasons he sold nursery slock and dealt in a.gricultural 
implements. Though a supporter of Democratic policies, be has never sought 
or held public otTice. He is a charter member of the Knights of Pythias at 
Waldron. Lodge X'o. 422. February 8. 1S65. he married Mary 'SI. Hanks, of 
Noble township, who died September 27, 188S, leaving two children; Lillie, 
wife of Alexander Nugent, of Washington township, and Carrie B., wife of 
Jacob Ketchum. of Wcstporr, Indiana. August 22, 1893. Mr. Bensr.n mar- 
ried the widi>\v of Samuel Jones. >drs. Bensr^n's maiden name was Nancy 
Monroe. The materr;al graridni')ther of Mr. Bens.m was Rachae! Chi'cott, 
of English st.Kk. who married jojin Clark and settled in Sliclby count}' i;i 


■the early days. y\r. Ik-nseii's cliil.lrci; Ly hi;; seoi 

\vho married L^dia .Mont.ui, imw dece;;:-e.l : Ivirliai 

is also deceased: Mary ].; l^avina, wife In- succe.^s 

Nicum, George Reed and John Smith, ail vX'W 'leat 

of Mr. Benson's father are as fdilows: Ju!ir.s I... 

county. Indiana; Sarah, wife of Aimer Colee. boll; 

Jesse, a jihysician in Howard county, Indiana, deceased; Jcijin W. ; Iv.lien 

first married Rachel Junes and secmid Emma Jackson, S(.r\-ed in the Mexicar 

war. and died in 190!^. in Hamihdii ci'Unty, Indiana; Hiram V.. f.^rmerlx 

practiced medicine in Shelhy and Decatur counties: Temple, a minister of the 

Baptist church: Marv. wife of Georj^e Davis. boUi now dead; Sarah, wife ol 

Jacob Ker.ull. 

<i nuirriai^e wee: i la 


1. who married a Mo 


ve marriages of Rev. 


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M. D.. died in Han 


low dead; A\\i\-. dece 

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Near the village of Barmouth, in the Provincj of Wales, on the 
of the Irish Sea, under the shadow of Mount Siiov,(1ei;, ab.;nn the year 1651. 
was born John Lanier Williams, the peison liehex'ed Im l-,e th.e p-'.tern:il ances- 
tor of the Williams family, of Shelby couiny. hidia:ia. Of John Lanier, it 
is recorded that he was a devout minister of the Quaker persuasic^n. visiting- 
many of the large cities of England during the course of his ministry, -\bout 
this time Charles H, King of England, had granted to William Penn forty- 
eight thousand sc|uare miles of land along tlie Delaware river, lU Americ;i. 
where a very important colony of Friends was later establislied, iri which John 
Lanier Willianis established himself in the \-il!ai.';e of ^iiddletov.n, in the year 
1685. The ancestral mother of this fann'ly. v.-h.-. w;is the wile of patriarch 
John Lanier, was also a devout woman, but very little is known regardin.g 
her history: however, it is reasonably certain three sons vere born to her 
in the County of Dauphin, in the Province of Pennsylvania, named Lewis, 
John and An-ms. The last of these, An-ir.s. was the father oi Allen Williams, 
whose grandchildren and lineal descendants, many of them, are today living 
in this county. Th.e children of Lewis and John attained considerable emi- 
nence iii the councils of the young republic. Their families first went to Vir- 
ginia, then to the Carolinas. then to East Tennessee, later farther to the south. 
The entire Williams familv. earlv in the century, mo",-cd from 
Pennsylvania to Hanover county, Virginia. It was here that John Williams, 
sen of Lewis, was born. He was reared to the profession of carpenter, but 
^fter the family moved to Susse.x county. Xorth Carolina, he studied law. 
becorm'ng one of the first judges under the State Constitution, and was a 
delegate to th.e Con.tinental Congress. ^777-^77?- Major Joseph Williams, 
son of John, was a noted W!;ig. and. during the Rcvoiutionarv war acted as 


adjutant general of Xoitli Carulina. He was a meinlKr <•{ Coiv^re^s for 
three terms, frein 171)7 lc> i8o_^ ami was I'.ie appointed Land Co;ninissi,;.ner 
for ^fissjssippi. His son. Rchcit. wa> horn in Sussex cnuity. Xorth Caro- 
lina, in 1778, and died in Knoxvillc. Tennessee, in 1837. He had. possihly. 
the nvist ]n-ilH;int career of any df the W illiam- faiuily. as a soldier and states- 
man. He was appointed captain in the Sixtli L'nited States Infantry in 1700, 
hut soon resigiied and hegan the study of law. which he practiced in Knox- 
ville. In 1S12 he raised a regiment of mounted volunteers and C' r-hicted a 
vigorous campaign against the Semiiv.Ie Indians, .\fier his return he 
commissioned cidonel of the Thirt_\Miinth United States Infantry, and i.rtlered 
to the Creek nation, where he took an active pan in th.e battle of Horse Shoe 
Bend, on the Talapoosa. He served until the close of the War of 1812. He 
was twice elected United States Senator, serving fmm 1815 to 1823. 

A brother of Robert was Lewis, born in Sussex countv. Xorth Camliiia. 
in 1786, and died in Washington City in i8_;2. He graduated from the I'ni- 
versity of X'orth Carolina in 1S08. raid in 1813 he entered political life, first 
serving in the state Legislature, then to,,k his seal in Congress, to which bodv 
he was tweh-e times returned, remaining a member until his death, which 
brought forth many eul gies from distinguished mcnibers of C'.mgress. John 
Quincy Adams spoke of him as "the father of the House." A twin brother 
of Lewis, Thomas Lanier, was also graduated at tiie I'niversity of Xorth 
Carolina, securing" the valedictory honors of his class. He moved with his 
family to Eastern Tennessee, where he was loaded v.ith otilcial honors, serving 
as -Representative and as one of the judges of the Supreme Court. He was 
appointed chancellor in 1836. uixm the establishment of corjjorate courts of 
ecpiity jurisdiction in Tennessee, and seized in. high capacity for sixteen 
years. He was regarded as the of ecjuity jurisprudence in that state, 
and during his long judicial career only two of his decisions were reversed. 

Amos Williams and his family were distinctively agriculturists, and 
from the pioneer days to the present none of them seem to have aspired to 
official or military honors. For one hundred and fifty years, in every war, the 
descendants of Amos Williams have stood dutiful, lo\al citizens, ever asking 
for a musket to fight in die ranks, disdaining the sword, shoulder-straps and 
other emblems of authority, content with that element of good citizenship 
which characterizes the man ever ready ff)r duty in the hiunblest capacity. 
Amos Williams 'was born in Pennsylvania, in 1720. on the Susquehannah 
river, eighty miles northwest of Philadelphia. He was a Quaker. Personal- 
ly, he was small of stature, and lived to the remarkable age of one hundred 
and five years. It is not known whom he married, luit his family consisted of 
four sons and three daughters — James. Idiomas, Alien. Joel, Ann. Elsie and 
Rachael. It is probable that these children were born in Sussex county. Xorth 
Carolina. James and Thomas took a conspicuous part in th.e Revolutionary 



\v:ir. Inn tlu-ir father, Aiiini. took no i)art in the c.-inHict. heing religiously op- 
po-ed to t'l-liii'-.g. Alter the war laiiiiiy went to East Tennessee, pos- 
sibly aliont" 1795. settling- in the Seciuashia valley. Here Allen Williams, 
whose immediate descendants live in Shelby coun.iy. anmng 
being Attornev A. T- \\'illiams. was married to his tlrst wile, a-.i..! to tliis r.r.ion 
fonr^hildren 'were born— Kl^e, riiobc. Hannah and William. Elsie mar- 
ried Reuben Lawless, and they ni..ved to Kentucky, later to Kansas, where 
she died in Sumner county, in 187S. l^hiel.e married Rolicrt World, m-ved 
to Missouri, and died there. Hannah married Hampt.iu (Jueen, and Wil- 
liam married a Miss Ralston, in Wavne cunty. Indiana, and suh^e.inently 
settled in Clinton cuntv. where Ik- d.ied. Alter the death, -f Allen W ilhams 
first wife, he marrie.l Cliaritv Nation^ in Overt. -n cainty. Tennessee, and m 
this union were born Amos, Allen, Joel, John, Jane, James. Elizabeth, Jack- 
son, Claborn, Margaret anil Wesley, the last named dying m infancy. Ot 
these the first nine were born in Tennessee, the others in Indiana. Allen W il- 
liams accumulated consideral^le property in Ea^t Tennessee durnig Ins twenty 
years- residence there. In the early sumnn^r <A 18 lO he started with lu. large 
familv and twentv head of hr.rses and several wagons loaded with housdmld 
oood,; and prMvi<u.n^. for Indiana, then a wilderness. Allen's lather accom- 
panied them. He was then ninety-six year> nld. but active and a good hoi'se- Their long imrnev through the mountains of '1 ennes^ee aT-,d Ken- 
trc'-v w-i^ attended" l)v manv adventures and midiaps. Thei.r prnicii-al meat 
w'as'that of bear and'deer, 'e.btained by side hunting trips. The entire com- 
pany of seventeen persons, after a perilnu^ j-nirney, finally landed m \\ ayne 
countv, Indiana, in the early autumn of iSK,, the year the ,^tate was admitte< 
to -the Union. Here Amos WiU^am^ died, and his dauyluers. Els,e and 
Rachael, were married. Allen Williams purchased eiglity acres r,t land near 
Edinburg, in EarthMlnmew county, in 1S20. Here his tw.^ ch.ulren. Mar- 
garet and \\-eslev, were born and here his wife, Charnv, u.ed m iSjo. Xl.en 
entered much land for his children in Bartholomew county, al^u m J<'b'i>on 
countv He lived with hi^ son. Jackson, during most 01 h,s remaining l,te. 
hunting wild game and assisting to clear and develop the new lami. He ua., 
a fine mark-man, .skilled w udsnian, and a thorough frontiersman _H,s deatn 
occurred in 1842. He had the piercing gray eye. the wiry, tall hgure. and 
the calculating disposition of the pi.Mieer of those early tnues that tried men s 
souls Many of these sterling characteristics were plainly discernible in n,. 
children who were hone^t, indu>lrious citizens, but took no particular part 
in public affairs. James Williams, the la.i survivor of Allen-s lamdy. .beo 
in 1897. at the age of eighty-seven years. During his resu.ence cl sixty-five 
vears in Clark township. Jnhnson county, he took a great interest m educa- 
lioiial affairs. He was widely known in that county, and regarded as oiie of 
its best citizens Taken as a whole, the lives of the children ol Allen W il- 


runs wfic an exemplit'ication nf nuicli that is noble. ju>t and niaijn.'inini. n- 
nil their ]iresent tlescendants in Shell)}', Jolinsun and P>artllo'lnne\^ cunntic; 
eem tu have inherited many of these praiseworihy trails. 

lAMl-:.^ CL r.slX(,l-.R 

Few men in the slate are better \erse(l in the details ai)i)ertaining {•< the 
jiniper manai^ement of a farm than Janie^ Cntsinj^vr. <.if liendrieks lown- 
sliip. Shelby euiinly. .Mr. L'utsin.i^er is a native "\ the county, havinjj been 
lx)rii in Jaekson tMwn-hi]). Ajiri! 4. 1S41. He is the son of John and Jane 
(Williams) Cutsiui^er. The parents nf the latter were natives of Tennes.^ce. 
The father of James was born in Kentucky and was the child of Geori;-c anr! 
Rebecca Cutsinger. both of wh"m came frmn riernnii}-. .\fter remainiiit;' in 
Kentucky a number of years the}- decided to try their fortunes in Indiana. 
then practically an unbnken wilderness. They chose Shelby county as their 
future home, and entered upon a large trace of "wild"' land. Gcrge Cut- 
singer combined the business of farmer and that of distillii\g. They lia;! 
tlirec children, one of whijin was John, of the subject, ile v^as I'orn 
December 27, iSoS, and died ]^Iay 8. 1859. The wife died .\pril j(). 1S75. 
The father of Mr. Cutsinger had very little ciiance to go to scIk.oI, aiu! tiuie- 
fore was enabled to procure but a meager education. Me ie:irned to read and 
write, and that was about as far as his education extended. Later, howxcr. 
lie made himself jiroficient in both of those Ijranches Ijy hard stitd}'. b' 
a very tine perman. He served f'jr several years as a Justice of the I'cacc. 
}le and his wife bad seven children. The tir.^t cliiKl. ( leorge. is dead. He 
li\ed ill Johnson county, was a Democrat atid ser\-e(! as Treasurer ar.d County 
Coinmissioner: he married Julia Ann Uallard and they iiad four children: 
Mary became the \\ife of S. 15. I^iw ami is trnw dead: Jane married I'cter 
Heck, of Johnson county. l:..ih of whom are r.ow 'lead, and ten children were 
born to them: James i>ul)ject). lourth child: Alexander, deceased, ni-ivricd 
Saloma Bradford. h:id f'Hir chiKireii : Tlunia;-. farmer. residii:g in Hendricks 
township. Shelby couiuy. married Hannah Higgins. three children: Sair.uel. 
resident Jacks:_iri townshi]). stock tlerdcr. wife dead. 

James Cutsinger remained at home until be was twenty-two }e:irh ot a^e. 
and then began to hire out to neighboring farmers. When a young man Air. 
Cutsinger took a great deal of pride in his ability t-) perform farm labor erf nil 
kinds in an energetic and expeditious mrnnier. He held tb.e record of the 
county and, no dotibt. of tliis section (-f the eomury ;is a c.irr.- 
luisker. In the presence of fifty neighbors, for a prize of fifty ckiilars. lie 
husked perfect!}- clea.r. f.ver.iy-h\e bushels and eight pound- of corn i;t fift}- 



CO., IM). 

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expert with t 

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f the Marictt.-. 

(ian Club. 

Icsied for 

several li: 

iiies since. Mi 

■. Cutsinger 

70S CI1.\D\\I(.'K".s 

six minutes. This occurred" ii 
he was about twenty-one yea 
won a beautiful silver cup in 
Altliough the cup has hcen c 
still retains it. 

During the Civil war Mr. Cutsinger served two vears as a musician un- 
der ofllcers recruiting men for companies an.d regiments in variuu- parts of 
the state. During his period of service in that capacity he tendered his ser- 
vices t<-. Goverr.or Morton for the purpose of enlisting as a private to go to 
the front, but the Governor desired him to continue as a musician, whicli he 
did. It was understood that he was to receive pay lor his work, hut thrwugh 
some oversight no official record of his service was ever made and Mr. Cut- 
singer failed to receive any remuneratidii from ilie state or government. 

He was married in 1863 to Alyra \\';lHams, daughter of Jackson Wil- 
liams, of Johr.son county. The first wife oi the .subject died in "18AS. leaving 
two children, Mollie and Fannie V. The fciinior is dead, while the latter li\es 
at Marietta, Indiana, is the wife of Da\id R. .^napp. and has t'lre^- children. 
Mary, Jane and Grover. The second wife of the subject was :Marv A. Mc- 
Farren, daughter of Thomas and Eliza Jane (Gully) Mcl'arren. both natives 
of Kentucky. The former endured many hardships in the earlv days. He 
came tci Indiana in 1S18. being alone in tlie world. He died in' i88j. while 
his wife survived him twcnty-tlve years. For a long time he conduct eil a 
saw mill, and got out lumber for railroad cumpaiiies. He was a Republican. 
but never held any office. 

James Cutsinger and his second wife had three children. Alexander .\.. 
Grace and Daniel, the latter being dead. .Mr. Cutsinger is a self-made man in 
every sense of the word, and as the fruits of his earlv labors he is the owner of 
a very fine farm, in a high state of cultivation. He is a member of tlie Knights 
of Pythias and Red Men. He holds strong temperance views, and did nuicli 
in aid of the movement to eliminate the saloons in Shelby countv. For manv 
years Mr. Cutsirger and wife conducted a dairv. 


E. P. Showalter. father of Mrs. Purley P.. ?»Iiller, v^as a native of Perm- 
sylvania. and the son of Joseph Showalter, who moved to that state many 
.years ago fn.m Maryland, and later migrated to Union county. Indiana, 
where he spent the remainder of his life. E. P. Showalter was eit^ht vears 
old when his parents mnvcd to Indiana. He grew ir, m:;turity in I'nion 
county, and on February 13, 1S48. married Marv Abernathv, who was born 


in lliat county, December if). iNjS. In tlic tall of i8j(j this cuui)lc moved to 
Moral township. Shelby count} . where Mr. Showalter purchased land, which 
he cleared and improved, and or. which he li\-ed and jirospered lor a period 
of forty-eight }'cars. or until he died in \'nn'en township. Seplemljer ib. 
1S9S. He was an enterprising farmer, a publi:-s])iriled citizen, and during 
his long residence in the township of Moral, wielded a strong inlluence for 
the good of his fellowmen, and was held in high esteem by a large circle of 
neighbors and friends. Of the eleven children who con.stitnted the family 
of E. r. and INIary Showalter. the followin.g are living in 1909: George, a 
resident of Johnson county. Indiana : }klrs. W. W. Rigdon. of Greenfield. In- 
diana ; 3.1rs. Mora B. Lewis, of Hanover township; Mrs. Dora B. ?\liller, 
Mrs. Emma St. Clair, of Indianapolis, an.d }drs. Ada Miller, of Freepan: 
Flora and Dora being twins. 


The subject of tliis sketch is a jiro^r.'erous farmer li\-ing on the iioilh- 
Nvesi quarter of section 16, \"an Burcn ti wnship. where he iirst saw the ligh' 
of day November 2(j. iS(>i. being tlie third i.f -iix cliildren b')rn to Simoii 
and Sarah (Sexton) ]\Iil!er, who are nuticed elsewhere in these pages. Reared 
under excellent home influences on the family h.omestead, he assisted with the 
farm work as soon as old enough, and during the winter months atteiuled the 
district schools until about twenty years of age. His father then hired him to 
manage the farm, and he continued in capacit\- until his marriage, when 
he located in Flanovcr township, but in Septemljer if the following year re- 
turned to the township of Van Euren. wdiere he cultivated the soil as a renter, 
until bitying land of his own. This purchase consisted of forty acres in sec- 
tion 9. and he at once inaugurated a series of improvements, which, in due 
time, added greatly to the value of the place and under his labors and man- 
agement it soon became one of the best farms c;f its size in the township. 

When a favorable opportunity presented itself, Mr. Miller purchased 
eighty acres of the George DePrez farm in the same locality, to which lie has 
since added until he now o^vns one hundred and twenty acres of e.Kcellent 
land, the greater part under a high state of cultivation and containing seme 
of the best inipri'\ements in the cmmunit}'. It has not been many years 
since Mr. Miller began life for himself, as a hired hand at the ordinary wages, 
and the fact of his having saved his earnings until able to become a land owner 
and his subsequent advancement to an i;ifluential position among the success- 
ful agriculturists of \'an Buren township, bears testimony to his energy, in- 
dustry and abilitv to make time and circumstance subserve his purposes. As 

710 ciiAinvicKS iiiSTOKV OF siiri.r.v co., ixn. 

a farmer he is ea>ily the 'peer en' any of his nciyhbrir?, bcin.c" projrrcssive in 
his ideas and a firm bchever in advanced methods of iillac;'e and modern im- 
provements. He pay? considerable attention to live stork, and has met with 
gratifying- success in the breeding and rai'^ing (if line grades of cattle and 
hogs, these and his grain cro]is constituting his chief s^nrce >'f income. He 
is miw" in comfortable circumstances, and with a beautiful and well ai>])ointed 
home, an agreeable family circle and a sufficiency of this wnrld.'s g. "ids to 
make him independent., his lot is indeefl a hai)py and en\ iab'e one. 

The maiden name of Mrs. ^filler was Dora Sho>\rdter. and. as alread_\- 
stated, she liecame the wife of the subject in 1884, the ceremony being solem- 
nized on the 27th day of December. Three ch.ildren have been born to them: 
Howard C, who was born September 16. 1887, and who married Mary Sedg- 
wick, is a farmer of Van Euren township: Esta. born April 13. iSqi. and 
\'irgil, born .\pril 23, 1894, are still with their parents. 

Mr. }^n!Ier an.d family belong to the Methodist Protcstar.t c'.iurcl;, and 
are numbered auKing the active and influential 'uembers i;f the local society 
with which they are identified. In p'llitics he voics the Republican, ticket, and 
is a firm believer in the principles of his party, but lias never souglit office nor 
aspired to public recognition. 


The gentleiuan whose life history wc now take uufler cnsideratii-n is a 
descendant of those hardy people from that romantic land 01 b.ills and heather, 
and he, in many respects, has inherited the sterling characteristics of his 
worthy father, Archibald Mellis, who was -born in Scotland, and who came 
to the United States when he had reached maturity, locating in Pennsylvania. 
in which state he married Jane Brander, and from which they came to In- 
diana, locating in Clark county, near Madisoii. where our snbiect. Adam Mel- 
lis, was born June 24, 184S. But believing that better opportunities awaited liim 
in Shelbv county, a newer country than that along the Ohio river, Archibald 
Mellis brought his family hither in 1865, locating at Freeport, where he pur- 
chased the woolen mill, operating the same in a successful manner until his 
death in Tanuarv, ^Sj^. He was a man of exxellent business endowments, and 
he and his wife were regarded by all as people of honesty and intelligence. 
The latter parsed awav in 1887. To them v.ere born seven children, namely: 
John, a soldier in the Civil war: Xellie was the wife of Horace I^atterson, 
deceased: James, who was a soldier in the Civil war. gave his life for his coun- 
try at Kenesaw Mountain; Alexander is living at Freeport, Indiana: .\dam, 
subiect of this sketch: AN'illiam, li\ ing in Fla.nover township. Shelliy county; 
Emma J. is the widow of William Hill, of l''ree[)ort. 


Adam .\[eili> wn? rc-are.l on liis father's farm, w mkiiii^ duriny- ilic sum- 
mer m.niths and the CMmnion ~eho,,l f,,,- a short time dnrin.? the 
winter ninths, (."..mine;- here in iSo;. lie worked m the w.»ilen mills for a 
time \vilh his father, and Later went to f.armin-. ..f winch he h;is nr>de ;i success 
in fcverx- respect, now owinn.i; one lunidred and sixty acres of a mo.-^t desirable 
farm, which he has greatly improved, lirir.yinr;- the iields up tf> a liii^Ii state of 
cultivation and erecting- on the i)lace a comfortable dwelling- and substantial 
outbuildings, evcrytbiiig- in keejiing with a twentieth centurv countrv place. 
All this he has made hiniself by thrift, industry and econoinv. He siJencN 
all his time looking after his general farnn'ng interests, raising some good 
stock, to wliich lie feeds a part <:>f his grain. 

Mr. Mellis was n-iarried to Xancy Slecth on I'ebruary u. 1871. She 
was born in Marion township, Shelby count\-, Indiana. Xo\ember 7. 1849. 
and wa-^ educated in the con-imon schools. Xo children Inve i-esultcd fron-i 
this union, but the suliject and wife reared Lola Margrove. 

In politics Mr. Mellis is a Repul)lican. but he prefers to spend time 
looking after his farn-iing interests rather than seek public oflice. He is a 
member of the Meth(-idi-;t Protestant church at Freejifirt, and he and bis es- 
timal)!e wife are held in high fav( r l)y tlieir neighbors, owing 10 their v.(;rt!iv 


An-|ong the well known agriculturists and Civil war veterans of Shelby 
county, none are more deserving of a ]i!ace in this book than James K. Kem- 
per, as a study of his life record will show. He was born in Union township. 
this county. August i. 1842. the siin of John and Mariali ( Crall ) Kemper, 
both natives of Kentucky, in which state they grew to i-naturity and married, 
later coming to Shelby county. Indiana, about 1S33. being an-inng th.c earliest 
pioneers of Uni<jn township, where they entered eighty acres, the (.l^Xil hav- 
ing been tlated October 29, 1834. signed by the great nai-ne of .\ndrew Jack- 
so:-i. then President of the L'nited States. When John Kemper can-ie to 
Union township it was all a wiklerne^s. but he went to work and cleared his 
land, later developing a good farm, but he was stricken with ch<ilera. wliich 
was prevalent o\-er the country during the forties, and did!, leaving a widow 
and eight children. Mrs. Kemper, who ne\er re-ma.rried. succe>^fully man- 
aged the farm and rearerl the follow ing children : Margaret, Elizabeth. Sarah. 
A., Zerilda. Henry, Jai-iies K.. John C, Mary E. Of these, three have joined 
the great i-najority in the sile!it lai-id. Henry \\'.. John C. and James K. were 
in the same company of the Eifty-first Indiana Regiment, the latter having 
enlisted in Company F, September 6, 1862. This company was first engaged 

7^" C'iadwickV liisTOKY or sjini.nv co., ixn. 

a;.!'D;:tv";'c>"L'';'r ^T'pr'" "' ^J-=-sbon,. or stone River: 
beny J huns. Alos.y Creek. Dalton. Columbia, ]M-ank!in an.l xtvluL 
brUUe there the last ^cneral en...e,nc,n the c„n,pa,n u:. n li, ' 

^^c>e conflicts James K. Kemper is saul hv hi. cunnuls \„ hav:^ e„„.l 4 
hnnselt „, a very o,„a„t n.anner. Me was ne^er uotuule,!. ahh^.r. m. 
bullets passed though his clmhin.g. He ua. nn.Mered out in Tu h Sr ^ 
alter which he returned to his h,.ne in Uni„u to.v!:shi . Id v^ ' . ^i^ 

ni; :;:; M s ;. t- , '^ '^f' "^ ^f '""-^ ^•"' '-^^ ' "^^ ^- '----^ -' 

1 haies. fhey started out poor, but bein.o- iKud workers, thev made a n,„,d 
hymg. To them three children were born, namelv : I^lvira, wife ..f Charles 
Comstock. o fShelbyville. Indiana: Delphina, wife" ,.f U'ilbur Smilev of n- 
dianapchs: W . L.. who lives with his father. 

Tlie first wife of James K. Kemper died in looi. and he was 


ned October 4. IQ05. to Mrs. Ora B. \\V.Klwanl. w,dow of C^eoroe Wo.d 
^vard her maiden name having been Spurier. the daughter of Joseph snur^er 

came rii \ innQfriw n Th/It..-.'^ ^.~,i ^ i_. _ 1 . . . ^ 

>eph S]'ur:er, 

^n,-,i^ f> AT ■ . T ,■ '■ '"-" "" " .""-'".^ '"'11] Mr. .Si)urier 

v'; -^ 'V?^';''"'^?^^'^- ^"'JV''"'-^- '''■"^' taught .school here for' a period of thirtv 
}eais. by her hrst marriage to George Woodward, on December 7 1870 
she became the moilier of a son and a .laughter, \\-illiam C and AfarV \ 

Mr. Kemper's beautifully located home is one-half mile e-.^t nf M,,rri- 
town. w-here he owns one hundred and fortv-f,,nr acres, all of which" lie has 
secured through his own eitorts. having g.,r,e in debt, but has p-nd all an.l ~,s 
m easy circumstances. His land is worth one hundred fiftv d. 
and he is worth eighteen thousand dollars. He is a stockhol 

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zens Gas Company, in which he is a Trustee, He is regarded as one ,.f tlv^ 
best general tanners in Hanover township, and he raises much o-rain 

^[r. Kemper is a member of the Grand Armv of the Repubbc In noli- 
t.cs he IS a Democrat. Mrs. Kemper is a member of the Chrinian chmch at 
^lornsiou,!. Xo people in this vicinity are held in higher regard tiian Mr 
and Mrs. Kemper. 


A native of Shelby county, Indiana, and one of the leading citi/er.s ,,f the 
community which he honors by his residence, is the gentleman whose name 
appears above, the third of a family of nine cln-ldren. whose parent^ were 
Nicholas and Jane Copple. the former of Xoith Carolina and, il,e latter :i 
Indiana Nicholas Copi-le was l>,rn Ang^ist 17, 1803. came to Indiana in hi« 
t-oyhovxl and grew to maturity in Shelby county, wlierc in due time he mar- 


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cuniile: Jonathan. Fel)rnary i;. 1S33 
J.. XoNcmher S. iS^f); (k< r.-e \\ .. of 
August 30, 1S40: W illiam M.. S<,i)''nil) 
Lafayette, Fcliruary 14. iS (X. anil ?\Iar,L;aret, 
All but four are deccascil. 

After iiis marriaije Xieliolas Conple seltk 
where he cleared and im]:ro\-ed a farm 
cessful farmer and excellent citizen. aiK 
place he developed from the forest in ^fa}'. 1S70, his wife ]irecedin-- him to 
the grave hy several years. 

Geor.2:e \V. Copple was reared on the family homestead in \'an P-uren 
township: attended at inter\-als the scho<~>!s of the day and remained with his 
parents until he legan life f.jr himself at the age of iwer.ty-one. At lir-t he 
farmed as a renter, hut later succcederl in accumulating sufficient means to jnir- 
chase land of his own. since which time his progress has been stead_\- and suli- 
stantial as liis present independent position abundantly attests. 

yir. Co]iide owns a beautiful and well kept farm of one Iiundred acres, 
on which he ha- li\ed and j^rospered since the year 1866. and a; stated abo\ e, 
is the possessor of a sufficiency of this world's goods to enable him tc,' li\-e in 
comfort with ample means to render his declining years free from care. 

^Ir. Co])ple was married in Februar\-. \SC-ifi. t':> Abi.gail I'ox, whose birtli 
occurred in Shelliy county on the 2y\ da_\- of ]\larcb. iX 1 j, being a daughter of 
Alfred Fox, who moved to Indiana m;niy year? ago from iiis native state of 
North Carolina. Mr. Fox was born .\ugu-t rS. 1814, and departed this life 
on yiay 9. 1S86. Flis tlrst wife, who bore the maiden name of Xancy Kester. 
was born in Indiana, October 15, 1823. and died in the year 1852, after b.ear- 
ing him the followiii.g ciiildren : Benjamin. l:orn .Vpril j, 1845; Hiram, June 
I, 1S47: Alexander, Xoveml)er i, 1849: Jacob, May 23. 1852, and }ilrs. 
Copple. who, as mentioned above, was the first in order of birth. P.y a .-nli- 
secitient marriage yir. l-"ox became the father of five children, of whom all 
grew to maturity. 

Air. and Airs. Copple are the parents <jf six children, tlic oblest being 
Emma, wdiosc birth occurred on December 3, 1S67, and who is ikjw the wife 
of Renjamin \\'inton. < f L'nion towr.ship; two of the others dieil in infancy 
and three after reaching more mature age. 

In his political affiliations }ilr. Copple has always been a Democrat aiul 
deeply interested in the success of his ])arty. lie a;id his wife attend the 
^Methodist Protestant church, his wife belonging to the clun-ch at iMTeport, 
of which she has been a consistent member for a ])eriofl of forty-four years. 
Immediately after their marriage this couple settled on the farm where they 


have since liveil. and a. re now llie l.c--t known nuA m^-t lii^lily resiicctcil iHMpIe 
of the community. Mr. Copplc is now spending hi> declining years in ]ion- 
oralile retirement, though still looking after hi.s farm. 

jAMi'S li. se\-i:r. 

A well known and intluentird agriculturi.^i of Xohle township, Shelliy 
county, Indiana, whose life has been led along a high plane of endeavor in 
such a manner as to not only gain <lerinite success in nraterial things. l:ut also 
to win for liim the re-iiect and confidence of all wlio know him. is James B. 
Se\cr, who was horn in this townsh.ip. March lo, 1858. the son of I'eter and 
Elizabeth ( Weidner ) Sever. I'ctcr .Sever was born March -'3. 1S31. He 
came to Shelby cmnty, Intliana. from Clinton cminty, Ohio, in 1855. He 
bought the land where James B. Sever now lives. It was then in a primitive 
condition, but beir.g a hard worker he cleared it up and improved it, making 
a good home. He married Elizabeth \\"eidner. wlio was l/orn in Butler countw 
Ohio, Xovember J2. 1835. and she came with her paretits to Shcliiy couitty 
in 1841, and she has livetl Jiere ever -ince. She lias seen this country grow 
from a wilderness to its present-day magnificent development, her people tak- 
ing no small part in the work of advancement. She married the second tirne. 
To her were born three children, James B., of this review : Catherine, who mar- 
ried William Sawyer, r,f Xoble town-shiij: Josie, the wife of Oliver Linehack, 
of Hancock county, this state. 

James B. Sever was fifteen years old when his father died. He attemled 
the district schools and received a good common school education. During the 
summer months he worked on the home farm, which he helped to inijirove, 
thus growing to manhood and remaining under Ids parental roof until his 
marriage to Ellen Cuskaden. daughter of Thomas and Jane (Long) Cuskaden. 
who were of Irish descent, having come to Indiana from Philadelphia, Penn- 
sylvania, Two daughters have been born to this union. Cora E.., born June 
20, 1888, is a graduate of the commc^n schools: Elizabeth J., born l-'ebruary 13, 
1891. is also a graduate of the common schools. Mrs. Se\er was called from 
her earthly labors July 3, 1897. 

Mr. Sever is the owner of a highly productive and well improved farm of 
ninety-three acres in section 8, Xoble township. He keeps an excellent grade 
of pure bred stock, breeding in Polled-.\ngus cattle, and all his other varieties 
of live stock are high grade, he beirg considered one of the best jmlges of 
stock in Shelby cotuit}-. Xo small part of his annual income is dirri\-ed 
from this source. He carries on general farming with that er,erg_\ and di.^cre- 
tion that shows him to be abreast of the times. His farm is often visited bv 


admirers of his fii-.e stock, for wliicli In- liiuls a ready niarkt-i. He lia> a C"in 
fortable and nicely fiiniislied dwellini^- and Muii mitl uili!in,!:;s ami farniint; 
machinery as to meet his reqiiirenicr.ts. 

In his political relations Mr. Sever is a Democrai, lieinj^- an active worker 
in the ]iarty. He has ably scr\ed as Deputy .\sscssor of Nolilc township. 
Fraternally he is a member of W'aldnm Lodge, Xo. 217. Free and .\ccenicd 
Masons, and St. Pan! I.odg-e, Xo. 368, Knights of P}thias. being ])ast chan- 
cellor of the latter. Personally Mr. Se\er is a ]ileasant man to meet, indns- 
trions, sociable and he bears a reputation f' r hone.^t_\- thr.oughout tlie county. 


The subject of this sketch is a ]irogressive agriculturist and is continual- 
ly on the outlook for new methods which will promote the cthciency of his 
work, yet he does not adopt ideas unless he is conx'inced of their i)ractical 
value and utility. 

Edward X. Phillips was born in Rush county. Indiana. February S. 187-'. 
the son of R. II. and Pluvlie A. ( Weasner ) Phillips, the former havnig 
been born in Xorth Carolina, near Winston, Guilford county, in 1840. When 
eighteen years old he left that state in 1S58. Before leaving his parental roof- 
tree, he apprised his father of the fact that he was gcnng to the north, where- 
upon his father demanded his time, since R. H. was not twenty-one years 
old. He paid his father the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, for which 
he held a receipt. As a result of this he ser\-efl three years in Company C. 
Sixteenth Indiana \'olunteer Infantry, during the Cixil \var. at tiie close •■'i 
which he was honorably discharged. He returned to county at once 
and took up farming. However, before he returned to Rush county, he mar- 
ried Phfebe A. Weasner. wlni was born in Henry county. Indiana. When 
he started out he had but very little. luU he was a hard worker, and today 
he owns a good farm of one hundred and lifty-tue acres in Shelby cou!Hy, 
the balance of his farm, four htmdred acres, being in Rush courity. He re- 
sides on the latter, at this writing. He has long been regarded as a shrewd 
business man, and turns everything into money tliat he directs his attention 
to. He had but little education, but being a nvm of natural ability, he was 
not h.andicai)!^:.! in this resjiect, and he is now well jiosted i.m farming and on 
general topics. He is a member of the Friends church, and was a member 
of the Grange. He belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic, at Rush- 
ville. He and his wife became the ])arents of five children, namely: Adella. 
who married George Allner. is deceased, as is also Mr. Ailner: Edward X.. 
our subject: Charles M. is rural route mail carrier from Arlingto!i, Ru>li 


• county: I., is the wife of Imv.I Wi^.ini;-. r4 R,,.], ourMv Dint „ \\- • 

a tanner ,n Rn.h cuu„,v. ,-n„l ,. ,he oldest uf' luf,, -V,' ' " 

H. i'hill,. pa.sed a.av- June ,o. 'on ' ""' ' ' '" '"''^^'- '" '- 

Edward X. Phillip, uas reared u,,.,„ his falherV farm and received a 

good education n, the district seh..,,ls uf his nei>d,hnrho.,d i,- ' " 

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*i 1 , uc,i_, j.ji seven \eais wui, mucli success He nnrrlinc^.,t 

anc httN tuo aue>. and hes ,n sectn.„ ,y. Re also owns eiqhtv-.ix acres in 
seCons 19 and 20. of this townslnp, near his other farm ' H s hn ^ 
Inghly unproved, and the soil is kept in excellent conditi ^ '^ /^"'' '-^ 

;ion.of crops, etc. He has a splendid ^es^dnl^ranr^: ^fN ^ [i,^ 

c:;;:uv ' H ^ ■"'" "" '" ;"^ "^^^"^^^'' ''"■^"^" "-^'-'-^ ^-^i-'- -■' ; 

sh r - ' ?;''' ''""'^ """• '"^"^ '^ ^^■'''^'^- l<"o^vn as a l)reeder o*^ pu^e 

shor-horn cat le. He has sold muci, thorou.o-hbred stock He h s k "a 
g.eatpr,de,n the farnters' institute, and his neio-hbors look to hm a 1 ade ■ 

;" s -chr'- :"r'"^"- f, ^^^ ^'^^^^^ ^^-^^^ ^^ ^'- --. th; ;;: ; 

in^ , P^^"^?'-"f;' that he was re-elected. He is a man who does 

nnig., and . a leader m h,s township. In politics he is a Republican but 
has never held othce. He holds a birthright in the Quaker chuSrS \v f 
s a member of the Christian church. Fron. an humble beo-innin<^ Mr PI i 

'n ;r.r su i' ^'""'^' "'^ ^^^'^^^^ -^^ ^-^^-^ -^'' ^°^^>-^- is con!;;rub - 

, K : ^ '"'" "" •'"'■'>■ <-"''''"" the esteem of hi. fellow citizens 

tnnatjk \>ite aie popular with all clas>es in Sh ' 



Shelbv a nn- T "'^^:f:'^'>• -'-'"-' -'■-" "^ ^-a^ Buren township. 
A^I ir si; "ir """ ' -"r"' "''^ "'^ '"'■" ■" ^^^■••'-''' --"t- Ohio, 

n win, Fail M ^^^^" "l^^^^' ^'^^ ^^'^ -^^ -ttled in ^•irgin,a. thence 

hr' d :v T 'T''- ^'^"'- "'^"''^ '^^ ^P^"^ ^''^ remainder of his davs. 

^^K,ou subsequently movmg to Shelby countv. Indiana, where <=he died 


the year fnllouiny lier arrival. Tetcr Millvr wa.-; a lim-ii \\(.-a\er, ami he 
worked at his trade lor some linic al'ur (.'oniiiic to Aiiierica, luil in (Hum lol- 
towed farniinj; for a livelihood, jaci h K. .Miller, faiher of the .^-uhject, was 
horn in ^'ir,<:;■i^ia. as was aho his wife, who hore ti>e nr.iid-,'!; nrinio of l-".li/.ahclh 
Kern. Ahoul i8j,v he clnn-fd his residence to l-air;ield county, Ohio, 
where he resided until his reniuval. Octoher. iS^t;. ti Shelhy c nnty, Indiana. 
He lived on the Krandywine, one-half mile east of the present Miller home- 
stead. .^l)endins■ the remainder of his life there, dyin;.;- at th.e early age of forty- 
eic;ln : his widow, who su'.\ivcd him a numl'.er of years, rcieln-d a very old 
age and hccame widely known in her eomnumily. The Kern family came 
to America fn ni Germany and settled in I'enns_\-lvania some time hjtween 
the years 1735 and 17^5. They removed to Frederick cour.ty. \'ir;.iini.i, and 
about 183S the parents of Mrs. Miller m<.:ved to the norihwesUrn part of 
Shelliv county, Indiana, where they !;\ed niuil c^a.ihered to their fathers man}' 
years later. James K. and ]-"lizaheth Miller were the parents of seventeen 
children, of wliich lar^^e family nitie are still living, namely. Simon. X.iah. 
Jacob. John H., Lncir.da, l^cwis. Dr. L. C. Ephraim and Xancy M. 

Simon Miller, of thi^ review, wa^ ten years old when his ])ar-nts moved 
to Indiana, since which lime he has resided in Shethy and has been 
closely identified with its growth and prosperity. Owing to limited oppor- 
tunities his early education was considerably neglected, nevertheless he lea.rned 
reading, writing and aritlimetic, besides obtaining a valuable practical knowl- 
edge, which has enabled him to transact business and discharge successfully 
the duties of a verv active and useful life. In 1848 he worked on the firs-t 
railroad in Sh.elby county, from Edinburg to Shelbyville. Daring his youih 
and carlv manhood he helped clear the home farm, and. after remaining utider 
the parental n'of and assisting his father until his twenty-seventh year, he 
began life for himself as a tiller of the soil, which humble vocati'ni he ha. 
since followed with gratifying results. .-\t the above age he entered the 
marriage relation with Sarah A. Se.xton, who was born in Shelby county in 
the vear 1840. the ceremony taking i)!ace in Septeml)er. 1857. T" Mr. and 
:Mrs. Miller the following cliildren have been born: Laura II.. who nKirricl 
Lee Rhodes, of Van Buren township: i'urley B.. also a resident of \'an Buren 
township and a farmer by occupation: David L.. who lives in this county; 
Alice, wife of Frank E. Rohm, of Wan Buren township, and Charles R., who 
lives in 1-Teeport, Indiana. 

Politically -Mr. ^vliller is a Repubhcan. He ca-t his first Presidential bal- 
lot for John C. Fremont, and he has Iieen an ear.Kst and uncompromising 
advocate of the principles of this party ever since, though never an office- 
seeker u'lr aspirant for any kind of public hon.irs. The Methodist Protestant 
church rcpre>ents his creed. ai:d for a n.umber of years he and his good wife 
have been sincere and faithful members of that congregation and active in 


all lines of good work under tlie auspices of the same. Mr. Miller has a 
beautiful and highly iniprcN-ed farm of one liundred and f. Tty acres in \'an 
Burcn township, and is well sitmted tn enjoy the many niaierial comfnris 
which ha\e come to him as a re-^nlt of his labors run! man.ageniciu. He is 
enterprising and i)riigres<i\'e. and he and his wife cnji.}" the friendship of a 
wide circle of friends and neighhnrs. 


This estimable lady win >. previnus to her marriage, the name cif Ann 
Evans, comes from the historic island of Great Britain, and combines in her 
personality the sterling attributes characteristic of the sturdy race to which <he 
belongs. She was born February 21. 1848. in the town of Dudlc}', Wurcester- 
shire. I'ngland. and when five years old accompanied her parents, Thomas 
and ;\]ary A. ( I'itt) Rvan-. t(i th.c I'niteil States, the family settling. Septem- 
ber, 1853. in Shelljyville. Indiana, thence a little later removed to Indianapolis, 
where they remained until 1854. In August of the latter year Mr. Evans 
entered the employ of Mr. O'Brien Cwynne. u< operate a stationary engine in 
that gentleman's mill at a point in Shelby county which, in compliment to the 
proprietor, was called Gwynne's Mill, afterwards (Jwynneville, by which name 
the place has since been known, although at that rime there was nothing Init the 
mill by which to designate the locality. Tn due time the mill became the 
nucleus of a thriving local trading point, and in the course of a few years a 
number of dwelling houses were erected which gave to the place the di.Lniity of 
a village. ^^leanwhile. IMr. Evans, who worked f^r b'rauces Bros., moved 
his industry to Fairland. where Mr. Evans contir.ued in the capacity of en- 
gineer until his return to Gwynneville, in 1859. where the two gentlemen 
formed a partnership in the manufacture of drain tile and built up a large and 
lucrative btisiness. Mr. Evans continued the tile Ijusiness with encnuraging 
success for a number of vears and was abn (|uile furtunate in various other 
lines of enterprise. He succeeded, admiraldy in all of his undertakings, accu- 
mulated money readily and rapidly, and it was not long until he was one of 
the financially strong and solid men of the county, leaving at his death quite 
a large fortune, alsi/ a imputation for honorable dealir.g which causss his 
memorv to be revered in the community where he lived and achieved success. 

Of the four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Evans, all died in England, 
except the subject of this sketch, who is now the only surviving member of 
the familv. Anna Evans spent the greater part of her childhood and youth at 
or near the village of Gwvnneviile. received her educatiiin in the public sclnmls 
and since her arrival in this country in 185,5 ''-'i^ resided continue iu^ly ni 


Shcll.y C'liinly. l-'nuii Iilt _\<nitli ■^lie was instructoil in '.Ik- luinililf ;ni- anil 
liiinicly viiinos which ih.qnify the sex and make fiT uprii^hl cmchici. 

On Jnr.e (.. iSSi. Mi^s i-'.vans hecanic the wife of Alexander I'.ilHu. who 
came ti> Indiana f r< 'm hi> native state of Ixentncky in his hnyliMud ami i^'rew 
to maturity in Shclh\ county, lie possessed keen, pfaciical inte!lii;en.ce. well- 
balanced judgmcni ami for a of years took an acti\e interest in the 
growth of the country and tlie dcvelopiuent of its resources, devoting e-pecial 
attention to the \il!age of ( ,wyr,ne\ ille. which he laid (iUt in the year iSSo. 
and which was indehted to him for much of its suhsetiuent jiro-p.-rity. I'or 
some years I\Ir. Pollitt \\;l^ tmii'oyed liy a manufacturer of drain tile, subse- 
quciuly became a partner in the business and still later operated a factory of 
his own. which returned him a liberal income. In connection with thi-^ in- 
dustry he was also engaged in agricultural pursuits, and for several _\ears 
cultivated the beautiful and highly improved farm of c:ne hundred and eight 
acres in Hanover township, wliich he owned, the land being in his widow's 
possession since his death. Mr. Polh'tt wa.s not only a successtui farmer and 
enterprising business man. but was ai^o a local p:j]iticiau of considerable note. 
a leading Democrat of the township in which he resided, and stood high in 
the confidAMice of party councils, b.csiiles rciderirg efficient service in county, 
district and state affairs. fie was iniblic-sjiirited in th.e sense of assisting 
every worthv enterprise, wliich apo.-aled to hi^ judgment and, as already 
stated, was ali\-e to the material adxancement of his township aiul county, 
also in the social and moral welfare of his felbnvmen. Fraternally he was an 
Odd Fellow, and a zealous w(jrker in the li-dge with which he held member- 
ship. Religi:ius]v he was in sympathy with the plain simijle teachings of the 
Christian church, belonging to the congregation at Morrist.wvn. 

To ^Ir. and Mrs. Pollitt one child was born in 18.^5. and died in 1.S89. 
the husband and father departing this life in the year 1S92. After the death 
of Mr. Pollitt his widow occupied the hoi>ie place near Gwynneville for four 
years: she is now residing in Gwynneville. and gives personal attention to the 
large business interests which she assisted in building up and in the manage- 
ment of which she has demonstrated judgment, di.scretion and executive abil- 
ity of a very high order. In additi 11 to the farm alluded to she owns other 
valualjle real estate, her lands amounting to five hundred acres, all in Hanover 
town.ship, and containing as fertile soil as any like area in Shelby county. She 
has also been interested in Gwynneville. having laid out her first addition to 
the tow-n, Septemljer, 1898, and the second some time afterward, the former 
consisting of twentv-one ar.d the latter of forty-fi\"e lots. Although in her 
sixty-first vear. Mrs. Pollitt is a well preserved woman, retaining the posses- 
sion of her ])livsical pi)wers to a marked degree, while her mental faculties are 
as keen and alert as in th.e days of her prime. Her interest in material things 
has not abated by the passing years, as is indicated by her connection with her 


two cuusins, Edwaal aiul jc'lin T. Evar,>, in ilie owiicrsliiji and niana,i;<.nicni 
of die Gwynnevillc Xatnral Gas' Plant, ui whicli the lornier t^vnricni.'.n i? 
superintendent. As sta.tcd in the preceding- prira^raph. Mrs. I'Mlliit i^Mves 
personal attention to lier lulsine^s affairs, wliieh have always heen snceesslul. 
and her valnable real estate and other property at this time represents a. for- 
tune conservatively estimated to be in excess of one hundred thousand d.. .liars. 
a goodly portion of which is the result of lier rare foresight and man.-ii^eriient. 
Although wealthy far hey.nd. the avera.Qe man .ir wimian. Mrs. Pollitt is free 
from the slightest tinge C'f vanity and nc\er allows her possessions to 
with her daily routine of duty. She is the embodiment of whole-liearted 
hospitality, always meeting her neighbors and friends on a s.jcial 
plane, she has endeared herself to theni by many kindly acts and lo\ ing minis- 
trations. Many years ago she made a public profession of religion and has 
ever since lived the humble devoted life of a true disciple, being a member of 
the Ciiristian church of G\vyniie\ille, for which slie is an earnest worker and 
liberal contril.uitor. 

In closing this brief sketch of the career of one of Shelby couniv "s most 
enterprising and highly esteemed v.omen. it is proper to glance haslilv :a the 
village, which her husliand founded, ar.d to the gn wth of which she lias con- 
tributed as much, if not more, than any other individual. Since the platting of 
Gwynneville l\v ^Ir. Pollitt m i8So, it has grown into a thri\ing countr\- \-il- 
lage with a population con.sideraldy in excess of tliree hur.drcd. aiul it i^ novr 
the principal trading point of a large and thickly settled section of country. 
The business interests, which are in the hands of enterprising and capable men. 
are steadil}' advancing and, judging from present indicati'.iis. it is safe to 
prophesy f'jr the village a growing and pnispenjus future. 


Among the emigrants from Germariy in 1834 was Her.ry Schnaitlc.-. who 
came c;ver when twenty years of age. and settled at Sandusky. Ohi'i. A vear 
later he removed to Indiana, and located on a farm which he purchase.! and 
cultivated until his death in 1879. He married Agnes Roland, a nati\-e of 
England, who came o\er with lier parents when eight years of age, and set- 
tled at Toronto, Canada, and married there about 1849. At present she is 
residing in Switzerland county. Indiana, at the age of seventy-four. They 
became the parents of eleven children : Charles S.. the eldest, married Irene 
A'ernon, has two children and resides on a fann in Jefferson county. \\"illiam 
S. died when t\ver.ty years old. Elizabeth S. married R. E. Coleuian. an agent 
of the Prudential Insurance Company, has three children, and is a resident of 

CIIADUICK S IIISTOKV (iF SllKLDV CO.. I \ P. 72I;-. Curncliu- S. first niarriL-d Mric r.aiUat. wlio (lii.(l in a vcar. aii'l 
tlic-n Ad.IJL- Taylor, by whom he has four chil.h-cii. lie i- a conirarb.,- and 
owns a cement plant at Anderson. Indiana. Alice S. married Frank Pnnner. 
has five children and lives at Indianapolis. Tri-cilla S. married A. J. Law- 
more, a farmer and stock raiser in jet'fer-on countw Tliev ha\e !'uc children. 
Frank S. married 'I'ahitha Sample, superintendent of ,-i ho\ factory at Madi- 
son. Indiana. John L. S. married Stella (onklin. a furniture tnak'er of Coii- 
iiersvillc. Indiana; they three children. A-nes S. married jo-q,!i l^i.^di. 
a farmer of JellYax.m coitnt\'. atid died a year later. Walter \". S., a bache- 
lor, live> with his ajjed tiiother. and takes care of her farm. 

Ai 11. Schnaitter was born in JctTcrson ccunty. Indiana. Xowmbcr 22. 
1S71. and was educated, in the district scho^.js. At the age of fourteen he 
took charge of his mother's farm and looked a.fter the welfare of his brothers 
and sisters. He tlius continued until the completi'in of iiis twenty-eighth \-ear, 
when he went to Columbus. Indiana, and engaged in the insurance business. 
In 1903 he removed to Shelljyville and has since been assistant superinten- 
dent and agent fi.'r his company. In oriler to a\-oid another reiiKixal. lie re- 
signed the assistant .^nperimendcncy and to^.k an agency, in order to be with 
his family. He now comnils the larg-esi line of pdicies in his district, hav- 
ing won a number of the liest prizes for (|uality and quantity of business done. 
Mr. Schnaitter is a siocklvilder in the Shelhyville Foundry and Machine ^^'orks 
and is in all respects an up-to-date ami wide-awake business man. He is 
popular ill other ways, having been a candiclate for Councilman from the First 
ward in 1005. He is a member of Chiilon Lodge. Xo. 129, Knights of Pyth- 
ias, at Shelhyville, and belongs to F'.lue Lodge Xo. 28. of the Masonic Order. 

December 7, 1900. ]Mr. Schnaitter rnari ied Carrie Joyce, daughter of 
Pleney and Clara (Ilrrioks) Joyce, of Trifiible county, Kentucky. Fler father 
is a large farmer there and '>f his nine cliildren, Cairic was the youngest. 
Mr. and Mrs. Schnaitter have two sons. Edgar Joyce, born July 20, 1902, 
and Paul R., born October 5, 19C14. 


The esteemed lady whose life is briePiy outlined in the following para- 
graphs is a native of Johns(Mi county, Indiana, and a daughter of Josejih and 
Elizabeth (Smith) Thompson, both parents representatives of well known 
fainilies who came to the state in an early day and took an acti'.x jiart iti the 
development of their res[)ecii\"e comniunities. The Thompsons were originail}' 
from X'ir.einia, but many \-ears ago migrated to Pennsylvania, where James 
Thompson, Mrs. Stiiith"s grandfather, was b<)rn and reared. He served in the 


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War of iNij. and later moved t 
wliere he sjient the reniaiiulcr of 
son came to Indiana wher. voitnj 
suliseijucnilv nio\ in^• lo J. ,hnson 
his death occurred in the _\ear i^, 

Elizahetli Smitli. wife of Joseph. 'Jdiompson. and niotliei of the suldeci of 
this review, was born in Jnly. 1814. in Kentucky, and in iS,:;^ accomjianierl 
her parents to Johnson c. mnty. Tn.hana. where she married and resided for 
some years. Later she moved with her husband lo llie counties of MariiHi 
and Tipton, and in due time, after an active anil useful life, finished her laluirs 
and was g-athcrcd to her fatliers in the wi.rld beyc.nd death's mystic stream. 
To Joseph and Klizabeih Thonipsi::! five cliildrcn were bnai. two -^oiis ami 
three daughters, viz: George C, a fruit grower of Souihport. Indiana: 2^1ai-v. 
deceased: Xancy. of this review: Mrs. Luciiuhi l-'ergu>on. of Indianapolis, and 
John 'M., of Irvington, Indiana. 

Mrs. Smith's maternal ancestors were Germans, her great-grandfatiier 
Smith was born in the old country, and when a young man took ])assage f^r 
America, and wiiile en route married ;i lady w h.oin he nut aboard the ^hip. On 
landing the happy couple made their way to Kentucky, where they established 
a home and reared a family, the maternal side ijf wliicli its origin in Ire- 
land, the immigrant lady who changed her name ere landing on the shores of 
the new wc^'ld having l;een a native of the Kmeral'l Isle. 

Xancy Thompson was born }darch J5. 1S45. and when quite } oung re- 
moved with her parents from Johnson county to Southpcrt in the county of 
Marion, where she grew to maturity and received her cuucation. She was 
reared to habits of industry and economy, early became familiar witii tlic 
duties of the household and grew up with well defined ideas of the responsi- ' 
bilities in store for the young woman desirous of becoming a homemaker and 
helper in the great struggle of life. On January 2. 1866. she gave her haiid in 
marriage to James E. Smith, who was born in Georgetown, Kentuckv, July 1 1, 
1S27, and who, when ah.out three months old. was brought bv his parents to 
Marion county. Indiana, where he grew to manhood's estate and began life 
for himself, .\fter teaching school for a number of years he located at Foun- 
taintown, where lie engaged in business with Benjamin Freeman, the firm 
thus constituted lasting twenty-one years, during which, time Mr. .Smith 
became widely known and achieved marked success in the line of trade with 
which he was identifieil. Me early rose to an iniluential position in llie village, 
served two terms as trustee of \'an Buren township, and with the exception 
of two terms was postinaster at I-'ountaintow n from the time the office was es- 
tablished until his death. 

Mr. Smith was twice married, ihe fir-t time to Margaret Cunningham, 
who died in February. 1S65. after bearing him twn children. Elizabeth, wife 

ClIADWICK s lU^TiiKV Ol SMl'.l.liV CO., t.Nl). Jj;^ 

of Charles I. 'I".i>l..r. .>i \'aii I'.iircii l. 'V, nsliij) ; Marv (iicd wIrmi tw. ycar^ of 
at;i-. His niari-ia-c wiih ilic >uiiicci ie-i;lu'.l in ilu- Uinli cf fnir ciriMreii. 
namely : Mar;;an.'t. li"ni C\-tul)i.r. iSo ,. is<.->l aiid lives wiih her nu t'.ier : 
she was eilueatcil in the coninicn sclniMls am! at n;ii!\ille Xornial L'l ■liege, and 
is a lady oi cuiturc and excellent cliavjicier. and is highly esteemed 'ly the 
large circle of friends with wlKmi she associates. W. II.. the seond in order 
of l;irth, is noticed at s>ime length nn annther page nf this \\<n-k. .\delaide. 
birn in 1S74. is the wife oi Dr. Harry H. Miller, chief singe, .n ■•< tlie Sol- 
diers" Idi-nie at Alariei-.i. ;'.nd James R.. tlie ycungest nf the family. wr.Mse hirth 
occnrred in the year i87(i. and who married iJessie Allen, lives in the city of 
Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Smith was a siicce<sfnl and. h}- strict attentinn in bnsine-s, 
accnmidnted a handsome fnrtime. which at the time nf his dea.'h was con- 
servatively estimated at seventy-tive ilimisand dollars, every di>llar of which 
was earned by fair dealing and eniincnth- honorable methods, lie always 
manifested a lively interest in the comrnnnit} . assisted all worthy enterprises, 
and was a liberal donor of cluirches. ch.arities and other hnmanitarian objects. 
A Republican in ])olitics. he had little taste for political life or ihe honor of 
pulolic place, nevertheless he kept abreast of the times on all matters of local 
and g'eneral interest and like all goeid citizens never forg.jt tlie debt he owed 
the community or his obligations to liis fellow nien. 

Since the death of 'Sir. Smith, which occnrred Jnlv 22. I'jo^. Mr-. Smith 
has kept the home in l^juntaintown. where she is wiilely kn. w^ n ;nid h.ighly 
esteemed. She is a lady of beautiful character and many amiable traits, a sin- 
cere Christian and a zeakjus nieiuber of the Pnaptist ch.urch. 


\V. H. Smith, the second child <.f James and Xancy A. Smith, is one of 
Shelby County's native sons, and dates his birth from the month of August, 
1869, having first opened his eyes to earthly scenes in tb.e village of Fountain- 
town, of which he is still an honored resident. At the proper age he entered 
the schools of the town, and after finishing the prescribed course and receiv- 
ing a certificate of graduation from the high school, he became a student of 
the Central Normal University at Danville, where he continued his studies for 
a period of four years. On leaving the latter institution. Mr. Smith turned 
his attention to business pursuits, and friiui the year 18S9 u'.i'.il 1902 was 
with his father in the mercantile trade at Fountaint.)wn. iluring wh.ich lime 
he acquired a thorough kncnvletlge of the i)rinciples of business. In the lat- 
ter vear he to .k charge of the estabh-hmcnt and lias since been sole manager 

patruiiai^o llic uk- 



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of the same, huildiiiL;- u\> an extensive .'iiid kicrativ 

and with a stuck oi hetween li\e and sis thi u-anc 

leading- nierehants in the plaee. In 1005 he sucec 

ter. and still has charge of the oflice. in addition t. 

with various other en.terpriscs. Ix-ing imblic-sjiii 

measures having for their object the ni:iterial ad\"ancenient .if ihe coninninity 

and tlie welfare of the people. 

In connection with hi.- mercantile interest Mr. Smith devotes consider- 
able attention to agriculture and live stix-k. lie is alsn an enteri)rising farmer. 
his farm consisting- of two hundred ten acres, i' 1 the management of which 
he gives his personal attention. Mr. Smith is a n-ian of sound judgiuent and 
practical in.telligence. a notable example of the American 'of 
today, fully in touch w-ith the times and an induential facti>r in Imiiding uj) 
the comn-iunily and gixing strength and stability V< the body politic. He is 
a Mason of high degree, belonging to Murristown Lodge, Xo. ii)j. Green- 
field Chapter and Commaiidery. aiid Murat Ten-iplc. Xi.bks of the Mystic 
Shrine, of Indianapolis, in all of which l-)ranches of the he has been an 
active worker, besides being honored from lime to tin-ie -vxith iiujxirtarit fiffi- 
cial stations. He is a staunch supporter of the Republican party, and an un- 
tiring and influential worker for its success, liut has never sought uiiice nor 
aspired to public honors, alihiiugh a natural leader aiul well lined for any 
position within the gift of his fellow men. 

Mr. Su-iith's first wife w-as Grace Bov-man, daughter of Willia.n P.ow- 
man, of Shelby county, w-ho bore hin-i one child. Xanny L., and deiiarted this 
life in 1906. Subsequently. October, 1908, lie was united in marriage to 
Yernie Cole, of \'an Burcn township. 


Farmer, stock raiser and one of tlie leading- citizens of \"an Buren tow-n- 
ship, is William 'M. Huftman, a native of Shelby county, Indiana, and a son 
of George B. and Mary ( Plummer) Huffman, the former born in Ohio, the 
mother in S.-)uth Carolina. The Plummers were originally an old southern 
family, but in a very early day migrated from one of the Carolinas to Indiana. 

George B. Huffman came to Shelby county w-ith his widowed mother 
when quite young, and grew to n-iaturit}- in \"an Buren township, where he 
began life for himself as a school teacher. He was a mian of good mind and 
.strong character, a successful teacher and for a number of years took an active 
and prominent part in politics, as well as in religious work, having been one 
of the influential Republicans of the county, and a leader in the Christian 


church. to which he l>cl..u;;.,l. At nne time he was elected lu^tice ,,f the 
Peace, atul durin- tlie latter years .1 his hfe was latinharlv kn^wn as -S.iuife 
Huftmaii. the title clin-in- tu him to the eii.l of his days. 'lie died in M-iyum 
township in 1880. and nine years later hi. faitht'ul wil> wa< called U, herfurd 
rest. Of liicir family of eleven children, hve are livin- at the present time 
the subject of Uiis sketch hein- the .secnd child in nrder of hinh. 

William M. Iluffman was horn July lO. i8r,_'. aiul .-^i.eni his early life in 
Clarion township, where he tirst saw'thJ li-ht of dav. He was reare.'i on the 
farm. His educational training embraced, the brandies of the comm.Mi school 
course, this discipline being afterwards sui)plemented bv a wide ran-c of 
reading and close observation, these with the valuable knowled-e oln'^n-ned 
by mingling with his fellows in various business capacities ma'kin-.- him a 
very intelligent an.! well iiif.:rnud man. 

-Mr. Huffman was eighteen years of age when his father died up to 
which time he had remained at home and as-^istcd in the cultivation of the 
farm. Three years ai'ter thai event, on lanuarv jj. 188;. he- was united in 
marriage t.;. Lucinda Thompson, of \'an Burcn t'ownsliip. and in the following 
fall tlie young couple moved to the old Thompson farm in \'an Buren lowii- 
ship, which Mr. Huffman sul)secjuently fuvaghi and wliich lie still owns. His 
real estate at this time embraces two hundred a;^d tweniv acres ,,f excellent 
land, the greater pan under a high stale of cultivation 'and otherwise well 
improved, the place being very productive and admirablv adapted to stock 
raising, which branch of farming Mr. Huffman makes a specialty.' In the 
breeding and raising of high grade he has few efpial? and no superiors 
in Shelby county, bi^ hors.-s of the Percheron and Xorman breeds and fine 
trotting animals being among the best in tliis part of the state, as the prices 
they command and the number of premiums they have taken abundantly at- 
test. _ Mr. Huffman is a lover of the horse and t'akes delight in raising them 
and from the sale of his fine animals the greater part of his ample tV-rtunc has 
been derived. His business ijualificati.-.ns are of a hi-h order. Bv industrv 
and economy he has ])!aced himself in a ]>osition of "financial independence. 
his farm being con.servatively valued at otie hundred dollars per acre, whicli 
with his live stock and other personal pnperty interests, swells his fortune 
to a sum considerably in excess of twenty-five'thousand dollars. Politically 
be IS a Republican, and as such has rendered efficient .service to his party fo'r 
a number of years; fraternally he is identified with .Morristown Lodge. 'Pree 
and Accepted Masons, and the Knights of Pythias, at Pountaintown." in both 
of which organizations be has been active and influential, besides being hon- 
ored with important official positions from time to time. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Huffman three children have been bori;. namelv : Rubie 
E.. born Oct.d)er 19. 1889. now a high school sturlent : Marv O.. born Mav 
31. 1S99. and an infant that was born between these two and died unirmied. 


.Mrs. lluffnian ami her tlau.i^liter, RuImc. are n.ienibcrs of the Meiliodisi lip 
ci-ipal church, of I''air\'iew. ;nul occujiy promi'.ient p<,).^iuons among the i 
flueiuial workers of the Mr;;"anizati. n. 


The suliject of tliis sketch is a dc'^ccndant of Peter Miller, a native of 
Germany, who moved to Shelby coumy in an early day and took an active 
part in the development of \'an Burcn to\vnshi]i. and the advancement of its 
various interests, becoming one of the leading farmers of the community 
which he helped establish. :nid a citizen wh. un to know was to re-pect and 
hon<ir. For the early histia}' of the family the reader is re.^pectfully referred 
to the sketch of Xoah Miller, the subject's father, which appears elsewhere in 
these pages, also to the biography of Xicholas A. [Miller, in which certain 
data mav be found. 

George H. :\liller. son of Xordi and Sitha (Boss) Miller, was born 
.-\ugiist 16. 1S57. in Shelby canny. Indiana, and spent his child.hixul and 
youth at thefamil}" h^nie in \'an Buren township, where he early became 
familiar with hard work' and tlie many duties re<iuired of a boy on the farm. 
In the district school which he attendcil while growing up he obtained a fair 
educatirni. and in the fields he was able to do a man's wrk k 'Ug befure reach- 
ing his majority. After remaining at home until his twentx-tirst _\ear and 
contributing to the support of the family, he hired to father for five years 
at one hundred and fifty dollars per year and board, during- which time he 
saved the greater part of his earnings, so that at the termination of the con- 
tract he had a goodh' sum with which to begin life upon his own resnonsiljilit}'. 
^leantime he accompanied his grandmother to ^Missouri, where he sjient one 
winter, this being his first trip from home. 

After accumulating the sum of six hundred d<.illars. Mr. Miller decided 
to set up a domestic establishment of his oxvn. and to assist him in the enter- 
prise he enterei.l into a life partnership v.ith a young lady by the name of 
Missouri \\'illard. to whom he was united in the bonds of matrimony on the 
i6th day of --\ugust. 18S3. Mrs. Miller was born in 1S65, in Shelby county, 
Indiana, received a good common school education, and from her marriage t 1 
the present time has been her husband's faithful companion and helpmeet. 
Tlie three years following his marriage. Mr. Miller spent in Johnson county 
on a large rented farm and his success duritig that time was very gratifying. 
At the expiration of that period he returneti to Shelby county, and in i!ie 
year 1S80 when twent} -three years old. he purchased the fanu of sevent\ 
acres in \"an Euren tDwn.ship, on which he has since lived, improxing his 

place l!ie nieniiwliik-. ai-.d adiicvinc;- iiMrc tliaii ..rdinarv 5iKcr-.< in tiic rai.Mii-- 
of grain aiul line sinck. His farm, which is admirahlv adai-icl i,, a-ricnhurc 
and stock raising, lies in une of tiie most fertile sections nf \an lUnvn town- 
ship, its value being conservatively estimated at one hundred d. lhii< per acre. 
In addition to its productiveness, the place contains two vahial)Ie ga< wells' 
which add greatly to the income of the pn .prieiM,-, the earnings 7r,.ni this 
source, Willi that derived fmni the sale <.f live stock an.l the inoducl^ ..i die 
soil. ])lacing him in independent circuiTistances. 

Mr. Miller is a member of the Methodist Protestant church at l-'reep<irt. 
ill which he has been active in all lines of religious work, lie is temperate in" 
his habits, and honorable in his dealings with his fellow men. Mrs. .Miller 
also behaigs to ijie .same religious body^wiUi which her hu-l.and is ideiuuled. 
and her daily life is in harmony with t!;e faith to which she vields allegiance! 
Their family consists of eight children, whose names are as'follows: C)scar, 
Omer. Lulu. Xoah. Ray. ^^ania, Ruth and Perry. Oscar and Lulu are grad- 
uates of the public schools. The others are still pursuing their studies in the 


^ Among the prosperous farmers in Hanover township. Shelby c.iunty. who. 
having won marked success in the face of seemingly insurm luntablc obstacles, 
is the gentleman whose name appears above, for he started in life in a humble 
manner with few to assist him in the long battle of bread winning, but he has 
been persistent and exercised such traits of business abilitv that\always win. 
Alfred X. Arnold, son of Lewis F. and ^largaret E.'(Dorsett) .Arnohk 
was born in Xorth Carolina, Xovember 9. 1S54. and in iS:;S he was broutjht 
by his parents to Shelby county. Indiana, settling in Marion township, iiavhig 
made the long journey from the old Tar state in wagons. .Although a good 
man and a hard worker. Lewis Arnold remained in\noderate circunistmiccs 
all his life, having rented land. He and hi; wife were the parents of six 
children, one of whom died young. They arc: Marth.a .\.. decea.e.l : Fniily 
v.. wife of K. E. Barnes: James FL. Assessor of Flanover township: .\lfred 
X., subject of this sketch; ^Largarel E.. wife of John Parvis. 

Alfred X. Arnold was past three years old when he was brought to 
Shelby county. Fie received his education in the district scIkjoIs in w hich he 
spent three in.,nths cut of each year from the time be reached -school age until 
he was eighteen years old. He assisted his father with the work on the farm 
during the remainder of the vear. 

The chapter bearing on the domestic life of ,-,ur snbject dates from the 
year 18S1. when he was unitetl in marriage with Xancv T. Mver. a luitive of 


llaiiMviT tMxvn>liii.. iK-r Linh . ccnn i:\- in 1S5S. She \v:i> rcrtrcd in tins 
county and eilucalccl in the c ininv n sclm. ils. 

\\'licii Mr. and Mrs. .\ni..ld started .ail in lilV to-ethcr tlicv rented a 
farm in Ihrn-ver tenvn^lnp. Afr-. Arnoid inherited thirty-live acres of laud 

Later lie he-an to Iniy the interests nf the hen^ ..f the . hl^lyer h. .niotea.l. 
until he had a line farm, lie purcha-ed his preseiU place *>i one hundred and 
seventeen acres in kjoi. dliis place. iMC,-tted in -ectmn 18. been hroutiht 
up to a high state of imprcvenient, fi.r the owner is a good manager, keeps 
well abreast of the times in agricultmal matter^. He erected a sjilendid ham 
in njoS. which laurned in July, cf that year, hut he replaced it with an- 
otlier \er_\- substantial liuilding. lie alsn has a gund dwelling Ivmse. ])leasant- 
ly located. Besides carrying on general farming. Mr. Arnnld keeps con- 
siderable stock, especially horses and hogs which always Inid a read_\- markel. 

To Mr. and Mrs. .Arnold fi\'e childnn ha\c been born, namel\- : lames 
D., whn is married: Orjiha 1-:. married l-rank Walker, -f \'an I'.urui "town- 
ship: McKinley Hohart. Charles V. and R:dph O. They are all living at h .me. 
except J;nnes D. and Ori)lia K. 

In religiMus matler> Mr. .\rnold is a member of the I'nited P.rethreu 
church, being ;i liberal su])ii(.irttr of the same, having served both as trur-icc 
and class leader, also as steward. In iiolitics he is a Republican, and while he 
is at! acti-\-e worker during election tin.le^ he never held office. 

Mr. Arn.ild has f<;iund time tr; travel considerably. h.a\-ing. rnitong "ther 
trips, twice visited his old liMmestead in X'>rth Carolina. lie is well and fa- 
\oral.ily known througboiU Shelby county, and easily ranks among the l.i.'St 
farmers of the same. 


.\n enterprising farmer and representative citi:/en of \'an Luren town^hi]. 
is Cliarles M. Jackson, a native of ?^Ionroe county, Ohio, ar.d one of four 
children wlK^se parents were \\'. P. and Martha Jackson. Robert Jacksou. 
the -ukject's graudfathtr. was born in Pennsylvania, but when a child wa:; 
taken to Ohirj by his parents and grew to maturity in Monrrie count}-, where 
he n-arricd Mary Plawkins. and in due time became the father of eight chil- 
dren, whose names are as follows: Cassie, Laac. Svlvester. W. P.. Marv. 
:\Iartha. Alb-.n and Janie-. all deaa-ed except W.'p.. ,.f Shelby couinx. 
Ind.iara. and Albert, who li\es on the family homestead in Ohio, .\brahrnn 
Jack'on. father of Robeii. and a Penns}l\anian by 1)irth. married in his n:ui\e 
state a Miss Leonard, and in an early day migrated to Monroe count)-. Ohio, 
where he spen.t the of his life, dyir.g 1-1-iany years ago. 

chadwick's uisroKV OF shl:i!;v co.. isd. 


W. P. Jackson \\n> Imni in iS.;;. f;rc\\ t.' niaturit_\- nn a 

farm i 

n the 

county of MoniMC. and was twict- niarriL'd. iho Uv>\ time to Mai 

■tl-,a Xi 


who (lied Mav 13. 1SS3. after Icaxing him li'itr children. Imt 01 

le of \> 


Charles M., of tliis review, is living-. "Bv his second wife. Mr-. 1 


I, rice 

IJassett. ^Ir. Jackson has a son. Rohcrt. a well educated voinig ma 

11 and ( 

lue of 

the ])o])ular teachers of \'an I'.tn-en townsiiip. 

Charles M. Jackson was l.orn Peceniker 20. i8(,5. and at the age of four 
years was brought by his parents to Shelby cmiuty. Indiana, where he grew to 
maturity and has sir.ce resided. He early became familiar with the rugged 
duties of country life and at the proper age assisted his father in clearing the 
farm, ditciiing the land and cidtivalin.g th.e crops and during the winter months 
attended the district school mitil acMuiring a fair l<n(n\ of the common 
branches. He remained with his pa.rerits until attaining hi.s niajority. nhcn 
he 'set up a domestic estalDlishment r,{ his o^\■n, choosing for his in llie 
important enterprise a young lady by the name of Sarah C. Rceder. who was 
born in St. Louis. ^Missouri, on the 12th day of February. iSf)^. l)eing a 
daughter of Elmer an.d Calina ( P.assett ) Reeder. Mr. Jackson and .Miss 
Reeder were married on Octolier 20. 18SO. and the inn'on has been blessed 
with tlie following children: Perr\- L.. b 'rn in 1S87. died June T). 18S8: 
Frank D.. February 11. 18S0: Halli'e M.. May 7. i^^oi : .\nhur.' .\nril _', 1S03. 
died in infancy: }iiab(d C. July 3T. i8()o. and Xina G.. wh'* was born on the 
21st day of February. loci. By the death of her mother. Mrs. J-'ckson was 
left an orphan in her infanc}'. from wb-icli time urjiil her marriage she lived 
with her grandmother Bassett. who moved to Slrdby county when her charge 
was aljLiut eighteen imjutlis old. Since th.eir Mr. and Mrs. Jackson 
have lived in \'an Buren township, and prospered in wurldly affairs, owning 
a good farm and manifesting a lively interest in all that cijncerns the material 
progress and moral welfare of the commuiiit}-. 'i'hcy are respected members 
of the Methodist Protestant Cnircli at ^lorrisrown. 

Mr. Jackson is an Odd Fellow of high standing, belonging to \'alley 
Lodge. Xo. 627. and Encampment, in bitli of which he has filled all the chairs, 
besides being honored at different time- as a representative to the (irand 
Lodge. Mrs. Jackson is an influential member cjf the Rebekali Lodge. Xo. 
2S1. in which she holds the title of past noble grand, and on three occasions she 
has been chosen to represent the organization in the Grand I^odge in the 
deliberations of which exalted body she takes an active and prominent jiart. 

In his political views ]Mr. Jackson is a Democrat and for a number of 
years has fteen deeply interested in j^ublic affairs. In 1908 he was r.oniinateil 
and elected Trustee of \'an Buren lownship. overC'Tuiiig a strong fvepublican 
majorit}" and defeating his competitor by an excess of forty votes. He dis- 
charged the duties (.if the office in an able and business-like manner and looked 
carefully after th.e interests of his jurisdiction and made a record creditable t(3 


hiniselt and (.•niiiu-ntly satisiacUTv to llic puLiic. His father was 'l'ni>>ee .•! 
Hanover township for live years and was als,. a niemher ,<i the liuap! .,i 
County Comniissinners. in h-ah ,,f which capacities he ren,iere,l eMicionl >erviei 
and prcived an able and conscientious cilTicial. 


T he gentleman of wh. m the hi, grapher writes in tliis connection lias 
achieved an honorable reintiation in a jMofession which calls lor a high order 
of abdity and which many enter only to meet with failui-e. as pre -.found as it 
is humiliating. He also enjoys prestige as a fanner and citizen, and it is a 
fact worthy of note that in every relation of life he h;is ac(jiiitted hiin-clf w ith 
credit and that in the community where he has long resided few enjoy in as 
marked degree the conlldetice and esteem of the puhiic. Lee I'ortner. a' native 
of Bartholomew county, Lidiana, and the only survivor of a family of five 
children, was birn on the first day of September. 1S43. His parent-. '\\'illiam 
and Martha (Gabbert) Fortner, were Kcntuckians. hut came to Indiana a 
number of years ago. settling in the county of Bartholomew, where thev spent 
the remainder of their days. 

Lee Fortner was reai-ed amid the attractive scenes of a beautiful rural 
home, grew up in close touch with nature, andi early became familiar with tlic 
practical duties of farm life, for which he has ever since maintained a (,le- 
cided preference. After finishing the common school branches, he entered 
Hartsville College, and upon completing his studies in that institution, took a 
scientific course at Terre Flaute. in connection with which he also made a 
specialty of elocution and oratory, umler the direction of several able instruc- 
tors, notably among whom was Ex-United States Senator Burton, of Kansas, 
who taught the first term the subject attended. 

Subsequently Mr. Fortner became a student of the Elociitionarv School 
at Cincinnati and. after completing his course there, enteied the Chicago 
School of Expression, where he prosecuted his studies until finishing the full 
course and receiving his degree, which bears the date of 1S85. After grad- 
uation at the latter institution, he returned to Shelbv count v. and during the 
fifteen years ensuing gave private instruction in elocution, varied at interv.als 
by public recitals at various cities and t</wns. wh;';Ii were alwavs highly aj)- 

Mr. Fortner is an accomplished elocutioni-t. familiar with everv phase 
of his profession, and never fails to please the most critical an.l exacting au- 
diences with his renditions of favorite auth<:rs. notably James Whitcotub 
Riley, whose productions in dialect he interprets accordirj"- to nature, bein"- 

CHADWK'K .S IIISTtil;V OV SllKir.V ro.. IXH. 73 1 

a master of the an r,t expressi'>r. a;i.I a lini-!iei,l ac'nr. T.v Im- an;l thovdu.t:!: 
drill under some of the ni' ot di^tinL;"•ai^he^l arii-;i> .if the lime.-. he has trained 
his voice until it can be suited to any kind of recitad or declamation, frum the 
most tender and pathetic to the tragic and sublime. Indeed, there is nothin.s: 
within the entire ranqe <'f the prcifesvion which he has not mastered and in the 
inttrpretatidu nf whicli his al)ilii_\ lias li.ny liceii conceded, lie b-'li>ni;s to the 
old classical of eli:>cutionist>. now unformnatelv too rare, ami has scant 
respect for the superficial pretender>. who. of reeeiu yea's. have bronghi a once 
dignified and highly prized profession into disre]n;te. In connection with his 
professional work. ^Nlr. Fortner ha> been a tiller of the soil, owning^ a beauti- 
ful fann of sixt}- acres on Ihandywine creek, where he li\es. and one hundretl 
acres of land in other parts of \'an Huren townsliii). He was marrieil Febru- 
ary 17. 1S80, to Mary Tliomas, daughter of Sylvester Thi-mas. of Shelby 
county, and is the head of a famil\- of ti\e children, wdiose names and dates 
of birth are as follows: (leorge A.. .May 4, iSSi, wife of \'erlie Xigh: Bessie 
B., July 7. 1883. now Mrs. Charles Basselt : Wade. July 11. 1SS6: CoHsta L.. 
August 15. 1 888. and Sarah, who was born on January IJ. 1893. all graduates 
cf the public schools. Wade being a high school alumnus, and a studer.t at th.e 
State University. 

Mr. Fortner is a Republican in his political affiliation and in close touch 
■with the leading questions of the day and the issues concernin.g which men 
and parties divide. lie is a reader and observer, a student of events, and is 
one of the well informed luen of the community as well as one of tlie town- 
ship's most ix^pular and praiseworthy citizens. Oi)timistic in iill the term im- 
plies, and of an amiable and happy turn of mind, which makes him a favorite 
in the social circle, he has many warm friends and admirers and is held in 
high esteem for his excellent qualities of mind and heart and general manly 


Among tlie successful self-made men oi Shelby county is Charles T. Wil- 
liams, cashier of the Union State Bank of Morristowii. and for many years 
identified with the commercial and general interests of this prosperous and 
attractive little city. He was born August 3. 1855. in Fayette county. In- 
diana, being one of a family of eleven children, w hose parents. John and Mary 
(Reynolds) Williams, moved from Delaware to Indiana in an early day, and 
were among the pioneers of the county of Fayette. When Charles T. was 
eighteen months of age his father dieil. Iea\-ing t(-i his widow and nine chil- 
dren the eighty acres of land which he had purchased some time previously, 
and on w hich there remained an indebtedness to a considerable amramt. to be 


paid. I-'ir.(liii.<; il imp. i^sible tu jui)p.irt licv family and iiKct tlii> <.l)!ii;au. ui, 
Airs. W'illiam.v ili>ix.scil ui tliiny acres of the fann and on ihc rcmainiii- lifiy 
reared her cliiKh-cn and pnnided well inv their future. 

At the ag-e oi fifteen Cliarles T. Iiired to a neisjhhorin.q- farmer, wli.i as^reed 
to pay him fifty dollars for three months' labor, this \yvu\v: the lir.-i nioiiev he 
ever earned, and to his credit he it said that he not only >aved every dollar 
of hi? wa.ges. hut invested it so as to add thereafter to his income. After 
working two seasons for others, he returned home. and. durint;- the three years 
ensuing, cultivated the home farni and contributed very largely to the supjKtrt 
of his mother and the younger children. Selling the place at the end of that 
time and receiving two hundred dollars as his share of the proceeds, he rented 
other land and continued the pursuit of agriculture until October. i8Sj. when 
he embarked in the drug business, investing in the enterprise about one th.ju- 
sand li\e hundred dollars, whiicli. the meanwhile, be had succeesled in saving. 

Mr. Williams began business on the site now occupied by the L'nion State 
Bank, and his success during the three years he handled drugs was fairly suc- 
cessful. Later be de\-oted bis allention successively to the grocerv. hardware, 
live stock and the implement business, in all of which be made rapid advance- 
ment and, in due time, becmie one of the pr'_>gre>si\ e and >nccessful tradc^mcn 
in a town long noted for the energy and enterprise of its business talent. In 
June, J 896. be sold his stock and retired from merchandising for the purpjse 
of entering the Union State Bank, which was organized, and of which he was 
elected president. Subsequently. January i, iSr;8. be was made cashier, 
wdiich position be has since wortbil} held, discharging bis offiial futiciions in 
an al.ile and eminently satisfactory manner, and continuously to his 
reputatii'U as a capable financier and judicious business man. 

yir. \^"illiam5' career preseiUs a series ni successes such as few much, more 
advantageously situated attain, and be is now one of the financiat!}' solid men 
of Morristown. and a leader in a number oi interests v.diich ir:akc for the 
growth and prosperity of the community. 

He iias succeeded in amassing a comfortabile fortune, owning at this time, 
in addition to his pri\-ate means and interest in the bank, a hands'jme resid.e;ice 
and fine business property in Ab'rristown. also considerable valuable real es- 
tate, including a tract of about one thousand two himdred eighty acres in Dal- 
lam county, Texas, the latter well adapted to agriculture and grazing. A[r. 
WilHams attributes no small [lart of his success to the saving and judicious in- 
vestmcr.t of his first fifty dollars, which proved the beginning of bis business 

Mr. Williams votes the Uemocratic ticket, and is well \ersed in the hi-- 
tor_\- and principles of his party though not an active politician. n<jr has he ever 
aspired to office or public In nors at the hand-; of iiis fellow citizens. 

Fraternallv be is identiheii with the Indei.cndcnt Order of Odd I'elLiws 

CilADWICK S IIl^roKV OF SIIKI.l-.V CO.. INI). 733 

nn.l Kr.i-lit^ ..f Pytlii::-. ..rdiTs. in I. ali of whkh iu- liriv i.av-f.I .i!l Uk- chairs: 
I-cli-iuu^Iy he suh>cril.L-s to the Mcih. ..h>i I'.pi-^o .].al faith, hiiii- ..f ihc in- 
fluential mcniher.- nf the chin-ch at .MMirisi. .w n. and a mi<tee i f t'lc ^^-^lle. He 
is a man i<i iloniestic tastes ami has a li-aiuifui and desirahie h.>nie. the \ivc- 
siding spirit of which is the estinnhle l:id_\ whom he married some vears a.u. i. 
and win-,, prior to that event, here the name of .\nine E. Connr.way. Mrs. 
Williams, who is a native nf I'ni. n canity, has home her iuishand the follnw- 
ing children: Mamie. Mon.tie. Hattie. Pan! and Kdwaid, all married excejn 
Mnnn'e. Edwnrd died in infancy. Paul, the y.ningcst <>f the family, was edu- 
cated in the puhlic ^chools. DePuuw University ami l^ntler University, and 
is now assistant cashier of th.e L'i:io:i St-^ae Dank. He is a young man of fine 
business ability, a shrewd, clear-brained financier, and is f:imiliar with Iwn.king 
in all of its details, besides beiuii widely informed (ju nmnetary (|uestions in. 
general and ih.eir relati.-n ti.^ other lines of activity. He is a married man. 
bis wife having formerly been Aim;; I'ierS'.n. daughlcr of D.xtor Pierson. of 

Tlie Cnion State P.ank. with which Mr. W' is connected, was or- 
ganized ]\Lay. 1S94. with a capita! of twenty-lAe tliousand dollars. t!ie follow- 
ing well km wn busine^s men Cfnistitnting tlie oiTicial nianagenie;it and direc- 
torate: H. B. Coles, president: L. E. McDonald, cashier: W.'m. Pier-on. L. \-.. 
McDonald. A. G. Mellis. B. H. Binfor.l and C. T. Williams, directo:-s Tlie 
directors at the present time are P)r. \\". M. Pierson. A. G. Mellis. John IP 
Binfonl. H. ^L Rogers and C. T. \\"illiams. the last named being cashier an'l 
genera! manager of the institution. 


A respected farmer and \eteran of tlie greatest civil war known to his- 
torv. the suljject of this sketch, although a plain man of the people, has acted 
well his part in life and exercised an influence for good among his neighbors 
and fellow citizens. The family of wliicli Harmon \\'. Boles is an honored 
member had its origin in Germar.y. but from a very early period the name 
has been familiar in Pennsylvania, where the antecedents of the American 
branch originally settled. William Boles, the subject's grandfather, was born 
and reared in the state, but when a young man went to Ohio, wdicre he 
married and reared a family of six sons and four daughters, only one of wlioiii. 
John W.. the youngest of the number, is living. 

William Boles moved to Indiana in an early day and settled in the north- 
eastern pan of Shelby county, where he engaged in farming and spent the 
remainder <.f his life, dviivg in 1863. 


Abrani I'.olc-. ^"U "f Willi:. in and faihc;- '>i tin- >ul)ici.-l .n" ihi-^ skc-lch. 
was a native .,{ Slulhy c-unty. Indiana, and a hlack-niith by trade. In ..-arly 
nianli.MMl he went to K< ntncky. where he f.iHowed his ve'eati^n for s.<nie years, 
and while lliere nia.rried Ijjthsia.ria .\h ore, later nim'ini;- to I'.rown e"nnt\', 
Ohio, thenee in 1852 returned to Shelby Cvainty. Indiana, jocatins;- near 
Gwynneville. where he worked at his trade for three years. Ho then ehanged 
his residence to Hanover townsjiip, and in 1850 nioved to Hancock cotmty, 
wdiere he made his home until liis death which occurred in the \ear 187S or "79- 
Abram Boks p ssessed mechanical skill of a i-uiierior order, and was a.n ex- 
pert at any kind of handicraft within the provir.ce of his trade. As a citizen 
he also ranked liic;h. and in every relation of life his conduct was such as to 
win the esteem >.>i his ncig'hbors and friends, and give him a prominent place 
in the community. Like the nviority of cn.terprisint.'- men, he ti;ok a li\(.l_\- in- 
terest in politics and was an inilnential w,_.rker in the Democratic part}-, a.l.-o 
a leader in the Chri.stian church, to which he Ijclong-ed and to the teachings of 
which he continued true to the end of his days. Txlrs. Boles, who proved a 
fit companion for her husband, is still living, having reached a green old age 
and retaining to a marked degree the possession of her faculties, jjliysical ?r,d 
mental. Six sons and two daughters were born to this excellent couple, four 
of the former and one <if the latter being the living representatives of th.e 
family at the presen.t time. 

Harmon W. Briles was born in ]\'ndleton county, Kentucky, .\pril 21, 
1841, and spent his early life on a farm, attending, as opportunities p'ciniitted, 
the district schools. When abmi eleven years of age he was brought to Sliel- 
bv countv bv his ])arents. from which time until the breaking out of the great 
rcbellioji, he devi ted his attentirm tri farm labor an.d grew- up rugge.i and 
strong, well fitted t(j cope with the worUl and its many duties and. responsibili- 
ties. When the safety of die government was threatened by the armed hosts 
of secession, he erdisted in Company G, Seventy-ninth Indian.a Infantry, in 
which he served until the close of the war, taking part in several campaigns, 
and not a few of the bloixliest Ijattles of that great conllict. among which were 
Stone River, Missionarv Ridge and others, besides engagements of lesser 
note. On account of failing health he was obliged to leave his command prior 
to the movement against Atlanta, l)ut wlien sufficiently recovered rejoined 
the regiment at Nashville, Tennessee, an.d remained with the same until the 
expiration of his period of enlistment. While in the service his eyes became 
affected, and he has never fully recovered from the ailment, nor regained his 
normal p'^)wer of sight. 

Returning to Shelby county on quitting the army. Mv. B,f.les engaged in 
farming, which he still carries "U and fr^ m that tiiue to the present h's m- 
terests h.ave been id.entified with \'?n I'tu'en town-hip. .;f which he is now an 
honored citizen. lie married in Tune. i8r,i, Harriett .\. johnSMn. wIkj was 

ciiAUWicK s iiisTci;;v oi- siiELnv co., ixd. 735 

b'-H-n in this c ar.iiy Fehruavy 5, 1840. and whj prnveci a l^x inq- u-ilV and ten- 
dor nioilKT until Iv.-i' deatli. Niliicli >iccuried on the Ji.-t <],i\- > { Siptemher. MtoS. 
Eleven ciiildrcn were li^rn n. .Mr. and Mrs. I'.i.le.-, of w'.ioni liie foilowin- sur- 
vive, namely: Harmon W.. Jr., llmry T.. Oliver 1'.. I'lorcnce E.. Dora, de- 
ceased; Fred and Earl. 

Mr. I'.oles was rcand a democrat, hut heconnn-- di^sati^-ficd with the 
principles and tendencies ^'i th.a! i)arty, csjiecially the juiimde of ccrtai!i of its 
leaders towards the L'niun jirior to the Civil var, he ihiaily abandoned, ii and 
became a Republican. While limi in his onu ictions. well informed on. the 
leading questions at issue and zealous in maintaining the soundness of his 
opinions, he cannot be termed a politician, nor has he ever sought ofiicial 
position. Fraternally he belongs to the Knights of I'ylhias lodge, at I'our.tain- 
town. and is al<o a member of the ('irand Army of the Republic, in v.hich. 
from time to time, he has held positions of honor andi iru>t. 

JOn.V T. I)E\'!-:X1XG. 

The name of the suljjeei of this sketch indncates that it is of Freneli origin, 
J(jhn T. De\"ening being of the second generation in the I'nited States, his 
father, I^hilip De\-ening. having been born in Alsace. France. March t;. 1836. 
having been brought, by his ])arents, to America, when two years old. Thev 
settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. From there the family moA'ed to Franklin eoinUx", 
Indiana, and later came to Slielby county. Philip Devening grew to manhood, 
received his education and marrierl in Shelby county. His first wife was 
known in her maidenhood as Permelia Rol)?rtson. and his second wife was 
Hannah Smith. To tlie hr.-t union >evcn chiMren were b^rn. five of whom 
are Ii\-ing. To the second marriage four children were liorn, Joh.n T.. our 
subject, being the third child by the lirst marriage. He w-as born ^ilareh 2S. 
1S61, and spent Iris briyhood on the farm, assisting liis father with the work 
incident to impniving a farm from the native soi'. He attended the neigh- 
boring schools in I'nion township: also attend.ed in Addison township. He 
remained at home until he was twenty-or.e years old. Desiring t<.) become a 
railroader, he secured employment as hveman on the old Cincinnati. Hamil- 
ton & Dayton Railroad, at which he worked during th.e winter of 1883. He 
then worked at the tile business, as a hand, for two seasons. After this he and 
his fatiier engaged in the tile business in Shelby townshiji. where his father 
now lives, under the firm name of Devening & Son. The\' manufactured 
draining tile for two seasons, wdien the subject sold his intere-t to his father, 
and then rented a farm tor two years. 

John T. Devening"; inarried life ilates Inm Oct.iber 27. 1886. w lu n h.e 

73'* cuAnv.icKs histciky or" shhlhv co.. inh. 

was niarricl to Jcsm'c \':iiiiii,L;. uf A.lilisDii Unvnsliiii. wliciv >lic' was !)orn 
.Ma\- 11. i8iv^. the daui^'m.!- nf J, ,',1,1 W". \'arlir.-', of Shclhyvillc. SIk- re- 
ceived a couimon >cliool tducation. Two cliil.lreii have liccn boni to , ur sul.- 
ject and wife: l-'.tliel. horn jaiufry id. 1S.J3. is a student in the Nhuii>town 
high scliool at thi^ writing: (ilaiixs. h .rn I'ehruary -'3. 1X1^5. is a slud.c-ul in 
tlie eighth grade in th.e ^hlrristown scho, T. 

Mr. ]])evtning own.e.I a farm in Ileiuh-u-ks township where lie lived for 
ten years, lie came to IhnMver townsln'p in iSwo and ;)nrchased, one liun- 
dred and sixty acres of 1 nid in connertion with his father-in-law. a.nd tliis 
place is now known as the (ilendale l-"arm. th.- name having no special si.g- 
nificance. General farming is carricil on here in a most successful manner, 
nnich grain being raised and stock of all kin(!< found in the nn\-;t convenient and 
spacious barns. A ilaiiy lousiness is also conducted, a read\- luarkel beiiig 
found for the products of the same, which are .-hipped to Indianapolis. The 
finest farm buildings in IlaiKner township are to be seen on the Uevening 
place which were erectetl in 1903. Tliey are surround.ed b_\- attractive grc_)unds. 
and are modern and give the place an air of prosperity. Our subject takes 
a great interest in farming ar.d ende:i\'ors to etnp'ov modern methods in all 
its phases. He is a stoekh.ojder in t!ic Ripley I'armers" Co-operative Tele- 
phone Compaii}". 

Our subject is a trustee in the Christian clun-ch, at Morristown, in which 
he holds membership. He is also a member ^'i Morri-to.wn Loilge. Xo. nj^. 
Free ami Accepted Ma-'Ui.s: also I'nc Rushville Chapter. Xo. J4. and Ruslt- 
ville Commandery, Xo. 41. He has never served in an_\- otTicial capacity. In 
politics he is a Republican, but has never aspired to political ot'tices, iireferring 
to spend his time looking after his extensive business interests which he has 
made a success, owing t(j the careful j-nanagenient and the exercise of sound 
business principles. 


In tracing the lineage of the subject of this biographical review, the 
genealogist finds that as far li:ick as the year 1640 John and \\'iriiani McCray 
emigrated in an old-style sailing vessel across the broad Atlantic from the 
hills and heather of Scotland and located in Carolina, the Doctor being a direct 
descendant through a long line of honored ancestors, from these two adven- 
turers cf several centuries previous, these McCray brothers having been typical 
representatives of the noble men of that rugged country, wlv), when they took 
up their home in the Xew World, laid the foundation for succeeding genera- 
tions on a sound basis. In that remote period of our history one of the McCrays 
came to Indiana, settling near the present city of Connersville, his family con- 


direct dccculant. „f the Uy.^' "( . '' V '^^■"•"^■'^^■■ ">-• '^^■'•"S 

gra,Klfather.tou,-s. : a " -'^iv; :/;;,? IT '? •'""'""• '"" ■'^'^""^'' 
moved back to ih,- ol 1 f- i l-lue Grass state, who cvoUuallv 

Steve Mcc^ ^al":.; ih^i'^^ ':;r;:;;;';h?;:;:r7'"- ^r"^"^" ^v^^^^ 

the Sottth. Steve McCrav. who has on i, '''"''V'""-^' T""'''""' ^'"''' 
asricultm-a! pursuits near C, mer^ve h ' l"'"^' "^^'^"'' "^ 

of R 9 thJ I • , .^'""^'■"^'"^^ lie ;!nd his wite bccmnin- the ivire.its 

ot K. b.. the subject ot this review, aixl iliree dano),,,.," 'n , IM'u r., 

subiert Miio-,;! c. <iallo|nel^. I he mother nt tic 

subject Ab.gad was a native of lirookville. Franklin cnuntv 

cotuny, tl.s state. He a.Ms.ed his father wiih the far w -'"l 

nineiepn Tt^m-c , I 1 „ft 1- I ,• - '•"111 \\ 1 1 1-. unti c was 

protession was be.^t suited to his tastes and 'ct,r, T ^" '""""■■'' 

«« well „,■«,!„, .he medicnl professi,,,,. therebv l„,il<li„g „„ L „ b , 

the Doctor removed llicrc 11 iS.-io. oricniiic- hi< offire on tr,. ,^.,, t' n'l.>- 

Of that 3-ea. and he has remained ^.re^vcr :!::. Z^f^ n^'.^li:!;^ 
practice as physiciati and surgeon, his name luaving long since '^one thro k^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
tms county and invaded surrounding- territorv. ^onsequentlvt' is k t' • 
bu^- attending to his professional duties. However, he find^ti e ;^. .,;: ^ 
b engage inhis tavonte pnstiine-hunting-being known as one o^ the "at 
portsmen„t the county, and always keeping some fine fo.x-honnds ai d o u 
IS a participant in the e.xciting ..port of fox-huntin.- 

ihe domestic chapter of Doctor AkCray's life began in Pendleton In 
d.ana. when he was united in marriage vvith Xina G. H^ardv. a re,,; en ;t -e 
ot a we 1 known tamily of ALadi.^on county. Indiana, where'she wis 1 o am 
uhere she received her cUication. This union has been blessed bv th b" 
of the tollowing children : Anna, a high school graduate : Owen a hin^l sdil 
student, and Harry, who is a small bov at this writino- " 

Order" !;'odrF"il'"'''r"V''"*°'' ^''^''' '^ ^ "^''^^'^ '^'' ''- I"-1'-Pendent 
Urde, ,^ Odd Fellow, the Encampment, the Knights of IVthias. the Im- 
p.oed Order ot Red .Men. and the Court of Honor, having passed ihe chairs 
.n all tnese orders; also represented them in the Gran,l Lodge, with the excen- 
47 ' 


tiun of ilio Kni-lns of r_vlliias. lie i< a incnilKT of ihv C"..unly. Stale aiul 
National Mclical s.x-iclie>'. in all of wliich he takes o.nsi.leraMe interest. 

Well vcrr^ec! in political ni.aiters. the Doctor >npi)Mrts the I'ieiuihlican ticket, 
nali.-nallv, Imt i> in.kpcndent in local affairs. i)rel'eiTin- to cast his biillot for 
the man' who, in his opinion, is the best fitted for the office sou-ht. nither 
than for the partv. And in all matters pertaining to the development of Shel- 
by countv, Docl.a- :McCray's support ca.n be depended upon. 


Thispn.-pci-ous farmer and stock raiser is a native of Shelby county. In- 
diana, born in \"an Buren township on the 5tb day of Au-nst. iSo;.^ His 
father John Rohm, of I'.utlcr countv. Ohin. wa^ the son of a German immi- 
orant\vho settled in that countv when he came to this country, and worked 
for some vears at his trade of saddle an<l harness makin- Later he disposed 
of his interests in Ohio, and moved his family to Shelby county. Indiana, 
where he spent the remainder of life. John Rohm came to this cunlry 
when a voun.; man, and, in due time, married l.ucretia Adeline L.<hcr ,,t 
Van Buren township, who bore him six children, hve of wl..m. with ui>-,r 
mother. are .still living, namely : Jennie, wite ot David Miller, brank L. Joh.^. 
L Charles \\-. and A. L.. one dying at the age of eight years. Johii 
was Justice of the Peace for eight or ten years, holding the olhce at the time 

""^ ^'rmnk E Rohm was reared to manhood in X'an Buren township and en- 
jovpd such educational advantages as the public schools provided. I ntil his 
twentv-first vear. he remained on the home farm helping his mother, liui on 
attaining his' majority renterl the place and engaged in farming m the vicinity 
on shar^. Oct,ier ^9- i^'^- '- "-n-ied Sarah A. Miller, daughter ot Sim,^ 
Miller, of \-an Buren township, and. in due time, became tae tather ot tbiec 
children; Laura M., fifteen years of age: Paul, who is m his thirteenth >ear. 
and I ee E , a youth of eleven. 

Mr Rohm has a small, but highly cultivated and yaluable_ farm m sec- 
tion ;i.' consisting of sixty-eight acres, and in addition to raising a nindant 
crops of all the grain, fruits and vegetables gnnvn m th.s part ot the taU 
d^'tes much attention to live stock, making a specialty ot Poland China 1^. 
in the breeding and raising of ^vhich he has achieved wide ^^^^'J^^^^ 
the highest grade of registered stock and his ^ess |.a. been ^ttch tha^^he 
now has more cu 

stomers than he can supply, the reputation of liis animal 


a wide demand among >tock men throughout the state 

He is also 

d as'a chicken fancier, and f,.r some years past has raided and dealt quite 

CUADWICK S iI!^^(lKV 01" SUin.llV 1.-0., INI). ^ y) 

extensively in Ilaned and Buff I'lyni. uuli Iv .ek i'<\\\>. wiiieh lie ships in va- 
rious parts of hnliaiia ;iiul other stales, and v.hich ha\e in\:iri,'',l)ly lak-en tirst 
premiums \vhere\cr exhihiteil. Ju>t now he has ni^-re customers I'mvls. 
tlic high graile of the latter creatine;' such a tlemand among chicken fanciers 
and others that he finds it necosaiy tn procure a number of additional in- 
cubators and enlarge his business so as to meet the wants of those desirous of 
improving their grade of poultry l)y the substituting of first-class fowls for 
common and inferior breeds. 

Since attaining his majority. Mr. Rohm has wielded an inllnence for the 
Repul.'lican partv in hi< township, and. with his wife, he holds membership 
\vith the .Methodist i'rolesiant churcli. at iMTeport. 


]Mrs. Lucretia Adeline dice Lisher), daughter of Lewis and 
IMartha J. Lisher, was born in Shelby county. Indiana. May i_\ 1844. The 
Lisliers were among the early settlers uf t!ie county, and in vari(iU~ capacities 
from the pioneer period to the present time. Lewis Lisher. the father of Mrs. 
Rohm, was born September 23, 1S09, and died on the 9th day of .\ugust. 
1S71 ; his wife, ]Mary J. Baker, was born October 22. 1S14. and departed this 
life on January 5, 1853. Later ]Mr. Lisher was united in marriage with Cyn- 
thia Plumnier. \\ho>e fruuih' also figured in the pioneer settlement of this 
part of the state. 

Lucretia Lisher was about ten years c^ld when her mother dieil. from 
which time until x'oung womanlioo.l her life was In' no means easy, or her 
burdens light. Although of tender years and limited experience, she assumed 
the mother's place in the family with its necessary accompaniment of respon- 
sibility and hard work, and facing the future with firm res'-.lution. performed 
her various duties faithfully and w ell until the Lime came for her to t.ake eliarge 
of a household of her own. On ^Larch 23, 1S65. she gave her heart and hand 
to John F. Rohm, whom she had known for some years, and with whom she 
lived a mutually happy and prosperous married life until the dissolution vi 
the union, by the stern hand of death, on .-\pril 2. 1881. 

John E. Roh.m was born in Hamilton. B.uiler conuly. Ohio. .March 3. 
1841, came to Shelby county when young, and until his death devoted his at- 
tention to agricultural pursuits, in which he met with encouraging success. 
By industry and good management he succeeded in acquiring an excellent 
farm of eight}- acres iti \'an Buren t^iwns'iip. on which he made a r.i:mber c-f 
substantial imj)ro\-cmen:s. and, with the assistance of his wife, he became weU 
:situated as far as material comforts were concerned. Ev their united elT'^rts 

J40 CHAPWICK S IllSTOKV 01' ?Iir.I.i;V CO.. IND. 

the lionie wns mridc beauiiful ami attvactivc and they wcic lnukiiiL; forward 
to a Idiii^ and happy wcd.ded Htc and a traii;|uil old ai;\-. when the Kin;;- of 
Sliadows. who calls at the palace as well a^ the hul. cro.-seil their ]K'acefiil 
threshold and took the >>tatY and stay of the fanidy. leavin- the wife and 
mother to tread the remainder of life's journey couipanionlcss. Since the 
death of Mr. Rohm. Mrs. I'iohm has not only managed the farm with success 
and profit and attended to various matters of husiness. hut has reared her chil- 
dren well and prepared them for th.e dntie-; and re-^iionsil.'iliiies which ;iwaited 
them in subsequent life. In all her efforts to provide a livelihood I'or her fam- 
ily and prepare for the future, she has exercised t^ood juilgmeiu and wise dis- 
cretion and her relations with her neighbors and friends have been such as to 
gain their confidence and win a permanent place in their love and esteem. Mrs. 
kohm is a Christian in the true sense of the term, and for a numlr.-r of years 
has bi-en an active nieml.)er of the Fairview Methodist Protestant church, and 
an influential worker in its various lines of religious Her life has 
been a useful one, and the w-orld is wi-cr and l)ettcr becruise of her pre-^ence 
and influence. 

The familv of Tolin F. and Lucretia Rohm consists of six children, whose 
names and dates of birth are as follows: Jane C. April i, iSO(.: I'rank F., 
August 5, 1S67; John L., I'cbruary i8, 1870; Charles \\'., January 24. 1S73: 
Laura B., .April ii, 1875. and Arie L.. who was born August 30. 1880, all 
living except Laura, whose death occurred on Xovember 7, 187S. 


Anion" the well known men of \\'avhingt..n township who are regarded 

as progressive and representative cu 

IS of Shelbv countv. is Ernest MapK 

worthy representative of an hcnored family that has been prominent m 
Franklin and Rush counties, this state, since the pioneer days. He was born 
in Franklin county, Indiana. May 14. 1880. the son of Jasper Maple, who was 
born in the same' county. A[ay 29. 1854. The family later moved to Ru^h Jasper Maple married Jennie C. Cramer, of Franklin count). In- 
diana' She was born in 1855 and died in 1S88. Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Maple 
were the parents of five children, namely: Walter H., T,uey R.. wife of John 
S. Cramer, of Iowa: Fred, of Rush county, this state: he was born in 1883, 
and has remained single. Benjamin, the next son. who was born in 1887. 
died May 7. IQ06, and Ernest. 

Ernest M;iple \\as reared in iM'anklin and Rush counties, and he was edu- 
cated in. the public schools of the districts in wh.ich he lived wlien a l>oy. He 
began to learn the black-mith's trade in 1900 at Ru'^bville, with. John Mc- 

CllADWICK S IIISTOKV 01" Slll.I.UV CO., IXl). 74 1 

Cany, witli wImiu he reinaiiicil fcr a jvjiii .1 cf ihrcc years, tin iroiiL;hly masler- 
ing the trade which he hail ciMseii as a hfe \yvk. lUit at ihis time fanning 
seems to lia\'e liad a pccuhai' attractii>n for liim, ami lie rented a farm nn wh.ieli 
he remai'.ied for three years, near Xdrri-tcwn. Washing!. ni town.-hi]). Ik- 
made a success of farming, hut ascertaining an excellent opportuniiy in 
the hlacksmith husiness awaited him at Lewi- (."reek, this town.-hip. he came 
here in August. 1906, purchasing the hlack<inilh sliop and the prrpert_\- where 
he now resides. He has managed his alYairs skillfull}-, iirnspering in what- 
ever he has luiderlaken. owing to his natural Imsincss ahilily. his hahits of 
pcrse\"erance and ecdnoni}-. lie deserves ;i gr( ;u deal oi credit for what he 
has accomplished for he has been practicalh without aid fr. mi any source 
since he hcgan life fur himself. 

.Mr. Maple was married Decemher J(). i.,o,:; to Alia Arhuckle. dau-hter 
of Martin Arhuckle. a native ( f':olume\v cnuiuy, Indiana. Xo children 
ha\-e heen l)orn tu this union. 

Mr. Maple is a memher of Sulphur Hill Lodge. Xo. J41. Knights of 
Pythias, also the Lewis Creek Lodge. Xo. 808. Indepe:;denl Order of 0<ld 
Fellows, of which he is pa>t nohle gran.l. He is a n.iemljcr of the Christian 
church at I'lat Iv.ick. hi jiolitics he is a Republican. 


\\'illis Emmet Drake, one of the well known native sons of Shelby county, 
was born in Washington township, jiuie Ji, 1874. the son of George W. and 
Eliza (Hawkins) Drake, the former the son of Ephraim and Sarah 1 Fultz) 
Drake. Ephraim Drake was the son of Jcjsejjh Drake, a nati\e of I'ennsyl- 
vania. who emigrated to Warren county, Ohio, in a very early day. Ephraim 
Drake married in Warren county. Ohio, and in 1828 he came to Wash- 
ington township, Shelby county, Lifliana. and entered land in section 11 — 
fortv acres — and then returned to Warren c lunty, Ohio, and jjrought his 
family to his new home. He h:id only thirty-seven antl (pne-half cents after 
locating here. Lk- built a rail jien in which he lived for thirteen days until 
he could erect a cabin. This was during the month of ^L^rch, and it snowed 
on them se\'eral times while living in the pen. He cleared and improved the 
land and spent the rest of his life here. He prospered and later purchased 
eightv acres p.T^'re and the fust log hotise he built was replaced b\- the brick 
one that may now be seen on the place. He burned the brick for the entire 
house, making three bricks at a time. He was a gcxl manager and econom- 
ical, and saved all he made. Lk was an active member of the ?»Iethodist 
Episcopal church, arid in politics he wa,-- a Democrat. His death occurred in 


1S70 in tlii^ township. IU> wicK.w .-nrvixcd until 1S74. 'I'hcy :ivo liurifd in 
Tack.-^'Mi t^'wn^hill. They were tl.e paient.s ui tl'.c I'c illow Jn.L^ children: John. 
Elizabeth, Hiram. Kph.raiin M., Sarah !■:., and C.e.a-ge W. 

Cicorgc W". Drake \va,- reared up. ui tlie i>Id home place which, he heliied 
improve. He was married to Pdiza Hawkins, an.) il;e K'llnvinu- children were 
boni to them : Charles M . Hiram 'I.. W dfred W.. deceased ; Ithamer. Willis E.. 
Toseph \\'.. Benjamin 1".. Alherl C. an<l i:\a J., wife of Herman Wcinantz. 
George W. Drake died June J. 1905. an.d his wife passed away July O, iSg^. 
\\'illis E. Drake was b >vn and reared (Ui the l.arm that hi< ynmdfather 
entered. He spent his youth workivig (5n this place and attending the district 
schools. He was married on July iS. 1893, to Cressie Trailer, wlio was born 
in Kentucky, December 25. 1S76. the daughter of John an.d Polly .A. (Jelph) 
Trailer, \\dien thirteen years of age she was left witli.un a moiiier. Her 
father came to Shelby county, Indiana. .March 11. 189.2. She received only a 
limited education. Mr. Drake and wife inoved where they now live, in sec- 
tion II, on a farm of forty-two acres and here tlicy have since remained, >.Ir. 
Drake greatly improving the place and making a good living from year to 
vear. To this union six children l-.a\e been liorn, namely: Herbert, April j6. 
'1S94; Bertha M., April 21. 1S96: R.a-, August 10, 1898: ^r..lrri^, October 8, 
1901: Effie, October 29. 1903: Terry, June 24. 190^1. 

Mr. Drake is a member of Kenton Lodge. Xo. 207. Knights ef l'_\thi;is: 
Lewis Creek Lodge, Xo. 80S. Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which 
he is past noble grand. He is a member of th.e Grand Lodge; also belongs 10 
the Modern Woodmen, having passed all the chairs in the same and he car- 
ries five hundred dollars insurance in this lodge. He takes a great interest in 
lodge work. In politics he is a Democrat, and he has served two years as a 
member of the Township Advisory Board. He wa-- elected Assessor of Wash- 
ington township in 1908. and is at present ho'. ling this 'jthce to the enin-e sat- 
isfaction of all concerned. He has long been an active worker in the i)arty, 
and is known as one of the county's most public-spirited men. always doii^.g 
his full share in its development along all lines. 


The Drake familv has long been a well known one in Shelby county and 
vicinity, and Charles M. Drake is one of its most representative members. He 
was born in Washington township. Shelliy county, Indiana. October 16. 1864, 
the son of George \\\ and Eliza fHawki;is) Drake. Gcrge W. Dral.:e was 
l)orn in Washington township, Shelljy county, January 9, 1843. and he died 
June 2, 190V Ephraim Drak'.\ gr.mdfather of Cliarles M., ^vas born in Ohio. 



He married Snrah Fultz. and tlicy came to Shclliv i-nuiitv. Indiana, in an early 
day. Mr. Drake having walked from Ohio am! enteied land i:><]u the _t;xivern- 
ment in scctidn ii. Waslhnt^tdn township, Shelhy omnty. lie then relnrned 
to Ohio a.nd hnaij^hi his fann'ly to his new h.mie. He iiad a cin of the de- 
noniinaiii..n of thirty-seven and onedialf et-iu- when he reaelud here, and. that 
was all the money he had the first year of his residenee in this ccmiitv. He 
had a liard time getting- a start, for the forest was tlense, and the inily meat 
he liad for himself and family was ohtained from tlie wm.ds. which ah. mndL-d 
in all kinds ("if wild game, but he finally prospered and lived on that place all 
the remaining years of his life, building the brick house known as the old 
Drake homesleafl. which is siiH standing. He hnined the brick for the same, 
nearljy. He and his wife Imth died there, and are buried m the IV.tlerson cem- 
etery in Jackson township. To them were liorn, J( hn. Klixalx-lh. Hiran.i, 
^^ary A., Ephraim, Sarah E. and (icorgc W. 

George \\". Drake was reared on the old farm an.d etlucated in the com- 
mon schools. He was never out of the state but once, making a trip then to 
Dayton, Ohio. He married Eliza Hawkins, an.d to them were hoin the fol- 
lowing children: Oliarles M.. Hiram '1".. George Wilfred, deceased; Ithamer, 
\\'illis E., Joseph \\'.. Ik-njamin T.. .Mbiert C. and Eva J., wife of Herman 
\\'cinantz. r.eorge \\'. Drake died Jnr.e 2. 11)05. •i"'^l his wife, Julv 9, 1S03. 

Charles M. Drake was reared on the farm ami assisted with the work on 
the place during the summer months, the <iistrict schools during the 
winter, remaining at home until he was twenty-six years old. He married 
Mary Xail. the daughter of John Xail : she was born in Washington lowi'Ship, 
July 13. 1S70. and .she received a C(~immon school education. 

Mr. Drake has been a successful business man. He first bought pn>i)erty 
in Lewis Creek, and engaged in merchandising there f< r some lime. He owns 
three lots, a good house and barn there. He was ticket agent in that town 
from 1896 for seven years. He organized the Lewis Creek Telephone Ex- 
change in June. 1899, for William Minger, and started with twelve snbscriliers. 
Mr. Minger became dissatisfied with the project and sold out to Mr. Drake, 
wh(.i has conducted the liusiness successfully, now ha\ing one hundred and teir 
subscribers, with about four hundred nn'Ies of wire and fortv miles of poles, 
and this individual concern of 'Sir. Drake's is a paying investment. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Drake the following children have been born: Jacob 
T., born June 2. 189.^ Claude P.. June 26, 1S95; Floyd 1'... Xovember 3, 
1897; l^elpha D., April 2j. 1901 : T-orene, November i, 1903: John X., Feb- 
ruary 7, 1908. The oldest child. Katie ^L, died at the age of four years. 

Mr. Drake is a member of Creek Lodge. Xo. 80S. lnde])endent 
Order of Odd Fellows, and Kenton Lodge. Xo. 207. Knights of Pythias; 
Modern ^\'oodmen of .\merica. Xo. 4380. of Lewi- Creek. He t;d:e:; a great 
interest in lodge work. In politics he is a Democrat. He served for some 


time ns deputy postmaster oi Lewis Creek. He is a well kn,.wn nn,l i-,flucntinl 
man in W ashnigtun township, and has manv friends through, au the Lvdiiy 
where the Drakes have so Ion- been known. 

DR. K. i:. ISR.\K 

tendencies df mcle 


One of the n._.ticeai)Ie tendencies 
men of training, culture .-r specific preparatinns fcr the i)r 
away from the whirl .if life in our cities ( r tnwns and nnn-le with the 
freedom offered by nature in the various (xxupations of rural Iii\" Tlu's ten- 
dency is aided by the rajvid advance of improvements and facilities, for the 
farmer ..f today may have ni. .st all the advantages offered to tlie rcsid-nt of 
tiie cities. In the case r.i Dr. E. E. Israel we have a gentleman -wlio has 
successfully combined his professional work with the duties incumbent <m one 
who IS charged with the management of farm lands. Doctor Israel was born 
in Shelby county. Indiana. Sejitcmber 4. 1864. aiid was the son of [useph P. 
and Lucinda ( ^loore) Israel. Joseph B. Israd was born in Greensburg. tliis 
state, ui 1S42. He responded tu his count rv's call during the War of the Re- 
belliun and joined the Seventh Indiana Infantry. He cor.iinued in the ser- 
vice for two years, returning, at the close of tl'.e war, to the familv lionie- 
stead. He and his companion became the ijarents of two sons. W. W. and 
Dr. E. E. Israel. The latter received his eariy education in the district sclioois 
of the neighborhood. Later he entered Franklin College and lacked but nne 
year in completing the work of the school. Soon after this, he decided to 
take up the study oi dentistry, and accordin.glv associated himself with Doctor 
Clayton, at Shelbyville. and later entered \lie Ohio College of Dental Sur- 
gery, at Cincinnati. Lie entered thoroughly int.) his work and pursued, tiie 
course to completion, graduating from the institution in iSyi. having ob- 
tained the decree of Doctor of Dental Sin-gcrv. rp..,n his return to the 
county he opened up an office in Shelbyville. "and began ih.e practice n[ his 
profession at once, meeting with encouraging success at tlie start. He later 
removed his office to Hope, where he continued his work for nine years. 

Upon the death of his grandparents Doctor Israel t. ok charge of the old 
■homestead and arranged an oft^ce ro .m on the farm. He soon attracted a 
lucrative practice and since that time has oniinued t.. carrv on his dental work, 
as well as conduct the affairs of the farm. He th.jroughly enjovs the out-of- 
door experience, and is a firm advocate of fresh air as being the reme- 
dial agents for many of our ills and he. himself, is a good e.xample of one who 
has thus been benefite.l. 

In literary lines, too. has D.jctor Israel shown a searching spirit, having 


read cj-tfiisivcly uii varinus i.^pics. l^'Cc 'niinj;- thus ilionni;^liiy familiar with 
the worhl's ho-t literature. lie lias in his library many ni tiie woiM's l.est 
r.iasleriiieces. licside:^ a t'ull t'(iui])mem of volunies dcalint;- iii)i_)n iiis ])n'fes.-;ii)n. 
To tlicse llie Doctor adds from time t.i time sueli works as arc new aiiil ujvid- 
date, and thus keeps in touch witli the i)r(i,L;ress made in trades and profes>ions. 
The modern vehicle, the ant' imMlnle, has ai>o so attracted liini that he 
n<:w owns an excellent macliine, whicli. owinq- to his bent for mech.mics. he 
lias been able to take care of himself, thus sa.ving- considerable of ilie co^t of 
maintenance. Doctor Israel is a member of Farmers" Lodge. Xo. -'47. l-"ree 
and Accepted Masons, and affiliates politically with the Rei)ul)licaii party. 

OSCAR H()W.\K1). 

Amonp- the ]jn i^'re-^i\e farmer> of the youngxr s'e'He'ration in \c>ble 
townshi]), none have ma le a better record than Oscar Hov>ard. In addition 
to his agrictiltural pursuits, in which he has shown fjixid jud.^ment and a desire 
to keep up with the head of the ]M"oce<sion, Mr. Howard has developed taicnis 
for business in other lings, and wher. called on by his nei.qhbrirs to look after 
ofticird duties has shown that lie was fully crunpetent to do it well. Xatura.lly 
fond of politics he has tlgiired ]irominently and inlluentially as one of tl;c local 
leaders of the Democratic party. He is consulted in campaiiiii times, aiul hi- 
advice as to the best way to meet "the eneni}-" and wrest victory for his own 
side is listened to with attcnti'iii. Altogether he is a line tyjie of the business 
farmer, as well as the progressive citizen ami numbers his friends by the score. 
Oscar is a son of John and Mary ( ru'Ien ) H .ward, both ox whom represent 
old and well established families in this part of Shelby county. He v..;- b:irn 
in Xobic townshi]), Shelby county, Indiima, Decemljer .:-<,i, i8;j. His brotliers 
and sisters were Dennis. James V\".. Sarah ].. Jc>se. Alattie and Otlior. all of 
whom lived in the count}- exccpthig James W. and Je=se. O^car grew up on 
his father's farm and was given the trainincr for wurk which proves in\-aluable 
in after life. He attended the excellent district sch.ools of Xoble township, 
securitig a goi.d education and was fitted at an early age to engage in busi- 
ness for liim>elf. At the age of twenty-one he was married to Xora Fiscns, 
one of the neighbiirlu^od girls, th.e ceremony being performed ijii January j_|, 
1S94. Mrs. Howard was kirn in Xoble township, (\-tob.r i. 1S77. her par- 
ents being J. A. and Maria ( Peak) Fiscus. ]\Ir. and Mrs. Hov^ard lia\e one 
son, Russell, who was born January i. iQe^i. In Xovember. 1904. Mr. How- 
ard was elected to the important oftice of Trustee of Xoble toniiship. and 
served until January i. 1909. discharging his iluties in a vea\- was entire- 
ly .satisfactorv to his constituents. He succeeded r'red Metzicr in this office. 

746 chadwick's iiisroKV of suF.i.nv ro., ind. 

and \va^ die of the yc ni'ii^V'^t !Vil-ii ever clcctvd in Xnlilc township. Mr. How- 
ard owns ei.^hty acre.-; ^■i i;i.'iid land ar.d his princijial hnsMU-s is larniin;;- and 
stock raising. He lives in a hirge and cuniforiahlc brick h.nusc tliat was built 
by his lather, and is always ready to e.xtend an old-iashioncd hospitality to 
his many friends. He has served as a member of the Democratic Central 
Committee of Shelby cuinity and for years has been cne of the acii\e i)arty 
workers. He is a mcmlier of Siilphin- Hill Lodge, Xu. J41. Knights of 
Pythias, is past chancellor, and lias .served as a member r.i the (band Lodge. 


The records of this family take 11- back over a hundred year-;, to the 
close of the eighteenth century, the >tirring pioneer peri(.id of the early nine- 
teenth century, in the upper Oiiio \'allcy. with incident.^ occurring in the 
states of Pennsylvania. Kentucky. Ohio and Indiana. Aaron Howard, found- 
er of the western brarich of this family, lived through the most dramatic part 
of modern histor\-. his long- career stretching from the administration of the 
elder Adams to the I'residency of Chester A. Arthur. P.orn in Kentucky. 
August 21. 1795, he emigrated in early manhriod to Ohio. Located on a farm 
in Butler county, which he cultivated for many )-ears. and in ii'^,^-] renro\ed 
to Decatur county. Indian.a. Purchasing a farm of eighty acres, two miles 
west of Greensburg. he became prominent in local affairs, was a local leader 
of the Democracy, and served for nine years as As.«essor of the county. In 
1S70 he came to Shelby county, purchased eighty acres of land in Xobie town- 
ship, and spent the remainder of his days here. He was noted for liis wonder- 
ful memory of facts and faces, his power to recall long distant occurrences. 
and altogether, he was a fine sample of the western pioneer. After a long, 
eventful and useful life, he ended his days January 19. 1881. at bis home- 
stead in Shelby county. Martha Baldridge. who was Ijorn in Westmoreland 
county. Pennsylvania. October 17, 1798. was a cousin of Aaron Howa.rd, but 
they did not meet until both were grown. 1'here was a muturd liking, and a 
marriage, after which she accoifipanied her husband to the West ;uid shared 
his sorows as well as his joys, with a fidelity peculiar to the self-reliant ^vomen 
of the pioneer period. This worthy couple became the parents of ten chil- 
dren, of whom the only sur\iors are Steph.en and a son named Xicliolas. who 
lives in Missouri. 

Stephen Ploward was born in Washington townsiiip, Decatur county. 
Indiana, b'ebruary 6. 1843. He assisted his father on the farm as he grew up. 
accjuired a limited common school education and quabticd himself for his 
chosen avocation, as a tiller of the soil. April 13, 1S65. he ii^arried Sarah E. 


Barclay, a member of one of tlie well known familie.^ of her communiiy. Slic 
was born in Decatur C(.ninty. Indiana. February 24. 1S47. five mile.-^ s.nith- 
west of Cireensliurg-. Her father. E. D. Barclay, was a mcuiber of an exten- 
sive family CMunectiou. embracing;- s- 'Uie of the 1 Ide-^t representatives nf this 
section of the Hoosier slate. When his father removed to Shelby ccuiity, in 
1870. Stephen came with him as a member of the household, and after his 
deatli, inherited his liome place. He has met with success in his farming; oi)er- 
ations and belongs to the class that is described as "well tl.Kcd." Honest in 
his dealings, straightforward in his niLilu.ds. and believing in the scimre ileal, 
no man in Xoble lownshii) stands higher a'^ a citizen than Stephen Howard. 
He is a member of Farmers' Lodge. Xo. 247. Free and Accepted Masons, and 
of Sulphur Hill Lodge. Knights ..f Fyihias. Mary A., his oldest daughter, 
is the wife of Benjamin Wasson. of Xoble township; Harry, who has been 
a teacher for fifteen years, married Fluldah Mitchell, of Xoble township: 
Grace L. is with her parents. 

L^^HlS R. HOWE. 

The progress and high standing of Shelby county, in the state of Indiana, 
is largely owing to the wide-awake and energetic spirit of her citizens, and 
among these the younger farmers are recognized as being the very important 
factors in promoting the development <)f the natural resources of the state. 
One of these who deserves a record of the kind here attempted is James R. 

Mr. Howe was l)orn in Xoble township, this county. May 23. \><j('->. and 
is the son of George W. and Permclia (Peek) Howe, lx>th of whom were 
born in the county, also. George W. Howe ranks among the most successful 
farmers in the county, h.aving accumulated, through hard work, lands to the 
amount of over four hundred acres, in this and Bartholomew county. He was 
the father of two boys and two girls, of whom James, our subject, was the 
oldest. The second child. Bertha, became the wife of G. W. Chesser. of Xoble 
township. The third. Arra C., is at home, and the youngest. Mary E.. became 
the wife of Charles Ketner. also living in Xoble township. 

James was reared on the farm, learning early in life to persevere in his 
work and to reh- largel_\- on his own resources. He finished the common school 
course as offered in the district schivols. and upon the completion of this course 
he entered the high school at Geneva, and graduated from there in 1894. 

In December. 1899. Mr. Howe was joined in marriage to Flossie i'. Mc- 
Cain, daughter of George W. }.kCain. of Wa.-hington township. One daugh.- 
ter has been born to them. Ujla ^I.. born April 2^. 190S. Mr. Howe is a 


member of tlie Melhi:<!i-i Episcopal clniycli at Wiiiclicstcr. while his wife still 
has her membership in the Christian church. Mr. Ihnve is actively'.ed 
with the Lewis Creek Lodge, Xo. 808, ln(le]iendcnt Order of Odd Ih-IIows, 
and is one of its efticient members, deinnnstrating in his intercourse wit'.i his 
neighbors antl friends the principles c{ fratern.ity [ir^ imulgaUd by that noble 
order, lie is also a member of the Abdern Wcujinen. at Genewi. 

]\Ir. Ilowe is the owner of a hiie farm of two hnndred and fifty acres and 
farms it after the must modern and scientific meth.ods. He deals in hiL^h grade 
stuck and keeps full}' in touch with all that is uji-to-date in regard to experi- 
ment and equipment. 


This estimable citi;^en was born in Xoble town~bi]). thi'^ conr.ty, C^ctober 
2. 1852, the son of .\l)sa'(rm and Mary ! liailey) Mcl'ain. the furmer h.aving 
been born in Decatur comity. Indiana, v.hilc the latter was a native of Shelby 
county; both are now deceased. Mary (Bailey) McCain. Absalom ^^cCain"s 
first wife, died in 1856, having become the mother o! five children, George \\'. 
bein.g a little over four years old at the time of his mother's death. The chil- 
dren in the order of birth were: William S., Margaret E., deceased: George 
\\'.. Sabina J. and John E. Absalom McCain's second wife. Louisa Miller, 
bore him two sons — James C, of St. Joe. Indiana, and Harry E., n.riw in .\i- 

George was reared on the farm in Decatur count}', and at the age of 
eighteen came tc Shelliy c(~iunty. He was a luiy of studii'us habits, and was 
thorough in his work. He took a deep interest in school affairs, and. upon 
reaching maturity, turned his attention to teaching. He became well known 
in the county as a teacher, and took an able part in the towiT^hip and coun.ty 
institutes. His scholarship was such that his opinions on educational and 
related topics commanded respect and confidence, and he easily obtained the 
highest grade of certificate offered at that time. He was for main- yea'-s con- 
nected with the school at Xorristown and Elat Rock, but in 1893 '^"^ retired 
from the work and has since given his time to his farming interests. In 1875 
Mr. McCain was joined in marriage to Eannie ?>.I. West, daughter of W. C. 
and. Maria \\'est. There were four children born of this iniion. \'iz : h'lossie 
P., who wa- burn Deceml)er 24, 1877. and married James A. Howe, whose 
biography is found elsewhere in tin's wi.rk: George B. was horn January 18. 
1S80, and married Lillian M. Gray: Alonzo E., born April 22. 1882, married 
Cari'ie A. Bruner : Elmer H. was born July 23, 1887. Mr. ^[cCain has a 
farm of ei.ghty-six acres of excellent land in Washington township. He is a 
man of unimpeachable integrity, and is widely known as a Siuiday school 


worker and has held various offices in tlic oiuiity and townsliip assdciatimis. 
He hulds his clinrcli membership in the Cave Mills Christian churcii. He has 
been a life-long Republican and can be relied upon to Ije true to his con\iction. 

AXlJRl-.W j. MOXkOE. 

Dividing' time between the pur-^uil (if afjriculune and the nnna.^ement 
of a tl.iuring- mill, Ar.drew J. IVb.r.n e raiurally leads a very busy life, but as 
he is the ]i is^essor of a large fund of energ)-, he seems to derive pleasure from 
the fact that lie is kept busy. INIr. Abmroe was born in Shellw county, Xo- 
vember 5. JS46, and he has been identified with many enterprises tliat had 
for their object the furtherance of the ijiterests of the community. His par- 
ents were John and Amelia (Sl)c) Monroe. His father was luirn in Ohirj 
count}-. West Virginia, June 14, 1803. In 1809. when he was but six years 
of age, his parents rcmoxed to the state of Ohio, taking up their residence in 
Clermont county. It was here that tlie youth develojied into manhoixl. and 
eventually married. He and his wife came to Shelby county in 1832- a"d 
entered two hundred acres of land in Xoble townshii). which, by dint of liard 
work, he brought up to a high state of cultivation. He lived on this farm 
until bis death in December, iSSy. h'\> wife surviving him but a few years. 
Of the thirteen chiklren that v.ere born to the couple, eight are lixing. The 
father of the subject as a public-spirited man was far in advance of his time, 
ai;d was always to be found at the head of any movement that liad for its 
purpose the advancement of Shelby county. He was a Republican, and made 
his influence felt in e\ery campaign. He also had strong religious conxactions 
and was a member and regular attendrmt upon the ser\'ices at the IMctbodist 

Andrew J. Monioe was the youngest of the boys. He began work on 
th.e farm just as siiion as he had completed a short course in school. He re- 
mained at the home of his parent^ until he became of age. and tiien worked 
for diti'erent farmers in the immediate neighborhood.. He was twenty-six 
years old when he married Carolitie Maple, the alliance being contracted in 
1872. She died in 1897, and wa^ the mother of four children, Elzy, Clarence, 
Jessie and Oma. The former is a high school gr-iduate and is now at Ricii- 

Mr. Mon.roe married a second time, his bride being Linnie Deiuert. 
daughter of William M. Dciwert, of Washington ttjwnship. As the fruits of 
this union there are four children, namely : Esther, Llo\d, Eugene and Rali)h. 
'J'hey all li\-e at Imuic with their i)arents, and give promi?e of de\"eloping int'> 
very bright men and women. 


Mr. .Monroe is a member of WnKlrcii Lodge. Xo. -mj, l-"rci. uui\ .Accepted 
Mason-^. lie is past master and represents the lodge in the (h-and l.iidi;e ses- 
sions. Mrs. Monroe is a meml^er of tlic Eastern Star. In iSo_^ he bought 
the Cave hdourinq- Mill-, and he has e^ndnctcd this enttri)ri-e ever since. It 
has a perfect roller system, and is muc mi tl;e lust ei|uip|ied e>tal);idiinents of 
the kind in the state. In eunneciicMi with the mill-; Ik- owns ten acres cf land 
lying ailing the bank of Flat Rock river. Mr. McMirne is a f\ei)ulilican. al- 
though he does not gi^"e a great deal of attentitni to ])ohties, his Inisincss re- 
quiring most of his time. 

M. J. YOrXG. 

Pnminent among the citizens of Washington township, \\ ho. by lives of 
probity, honest dealings and industry, are entitled to the admiration and re- 
spect that is accorded them by their fellow men is the subject (if this skefrli. 
]Mr. Young is a native of Washington township, and was born Jtuie t,o. iShi. 
His parents were John and Mardia (Drake), nee Ogden. Young. 

Joseph Drake, maternal grar.flfather of the subject, was born in M.ary- 
land in 1774. his wife being Mary White, whose birth occurred February _\^, 
177S. Some time after their marriage the Drakes removed to Ohio, and kept 
what was then known as a tavern on the road between Cincin:iati and Read- 
ing. Ohio. It was in 1833 when they transferred their belongings to Shelby 
coun.ty. Indiana, settling in Washington township. Shortly after his a.rrix'al 
there >.Ir. Drake engaged in the bu.-incss of a miiicr. Fveniually. !iowe\er. 
he disposed of this establishment, and removed to Hope. Indiana, where he 
remained until he moved to Sh.elbyville. where h.e died October 11. 1861. his 
wife following him to the grave Septemlier 3d of the same year. 

]\Iartha Drake, daughter of Josej)!! and Alary, was wedded to Henry 
Ogden in Alay. 1837. and he died September 2j. 1856. Three years later she 
entered a matrimonial alliance with John A'oung. father of the subject. John 
Y'oung was born in Yorkshire. England, in Alarcli. 1S12. and came to America 
in 1830. locating at Cincinnati, where he lived until 1836. He was a gardener 
by trade, and a man of small means. P.elie\'ing that he could Ijetter his finan- 
cial con.dition b}- engaging in agricultural pursuits, he decided to gi\e uj) city 
life, and he betook himself to \\'ashingtnn township. He had sufficient capi- 
tal to purchase eighty acres of heavily wooded land. and. through seemingly 
endless toil, succeeded in clearing a large portion of it. He prospered and 
kept adding to his possessions until he was the owner of two h.unrlrefl twenty 
acres of the most fertile land in Shelb\' county. He died at Shelbyville, March 
II, 1890. He was a man of clean personality and the strictest integrity. He 
had been married previously to his alliance with Mrs. Ogden. His first wife, 
who was Frances Hargrove, died after having given birth to eight children. 

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M. I. Voung. in cnnmion with, ctiier lads of his day. aitended the di=uict 
sch.iols. and received a fair educalion. He was iiiarrieil Deceniher -M. i8So, 
to Meli-a F.. j-'atelev. who was Ix.rn March J3. 1856. One chiUl. .\rthur. was 
born to them, his hirth having occurred Decemher 3. iS<jo. 
common scIi.hiI educati.'n. and resides with hi< parents. 

A\'hen Mr. Voimg began farming he was the owner of 
He purchased more land from time to time until now his farn 
one hundred and forty acres of splendidly improved soil 
one of the ni. L-t successful agriculmrisis in this section ■■ 
not give his entire time t'> the farm by any means, howe 
perienced breeder of high grade stock, and has <m his place a number of fine 
colts and horses. He lakes an interest in fraternal orders, and is a member 
of Chillon Lodge. Xo. 120. Knights of Pythias, of Shelbyville. and Modern 
Woodmen. 3372, Shelby Camp. In politics he has always been identified widr 
the Democratic party, although he is inclined to be independent in h'cal elec- 
tions. Mr. Young has a high respect for truth and honesty, and is noted 
among with whom he has frequent business transactiuns to be thorough- 
ly fair and straightforward in all of his dealings. 

Mr. Young is r.r.t only a hunter of considerable local renown, but is an 
ardent follower of the iM-catoriLa art. '^pending considera.ble time along the 
river banks during the hdiing season, and big catches of members uf the tinny 
tribe are of frequent occurrence with him. 


The gentlemen whose name heads this review is a business man of Xor- 
ristown, Indiana, a member of the mercantile tirm of \'an Gorden & ]\ason. 
He was born in Butler county, Ohio. December 11. 1854. His parents. An- 
drew W. and Eli?:a ( Davis,;,n )' \'r.n f^.rdcn. were also natives of that county, 
but a number of years ag' > they came to Indiana and settled in Bartholomew 
coimty, where the' subject spent his childhood and youth amid the acii\e duties 
of farm life. The family cf Andrew \\". and Eliza Y^in Gorden consisted of 
seven children, four of wlK.m are living at the present time, namdy : Elias D.. 
whose name introduces this review: Sime.,.n. also of Shelby county: Mrs. 
Rosella Ray. widow of Reed Ray; Maggie, who is single and slid a member 
of the home circle. 

Elias D. ^'a^ Gorden spent his early years at hard work (. n the farm and. 
being the oldest child, and his parents ([uitc poor, much <.f the resp.m.^iliiHty 
of the family's support fell to him \\hile he was still a mere youth. Like a 
dutiful son. however, he addressed himself manfully to his labors, and. until 


liis twcnty-fourtli year remained at liome, nianagir.g llie tanii aiul in many 
ways locking- after tlic interests and comforts of his parents and younger 
brotliers and sisters. In tlie montli of July. i8So. he cliose a life partner in 
tlie ..f Knima Kirk, of rhnn'iUon.'F.utler county. Ohio, and shortly 
after liis ninvcd in Sk.c'.l y cumy. Indiana, wlu-rc he engaged in 
agricultural pur-uits mi a farm >>{ fony acres m Washington township, wliich 
he purchased and on whic'i l;e ]i\ed ar.d prospered, until the death of his wife, 
on April 20. ii;o4. 'I'o Mr. a.nd Mrs. \"an Gorden were horn three children, 
the of whom, a daughter liy the name nf I'ertha. is th.e wife of (".lorge 
Majile, and live> in the ciiy of Anderson: Waller Sccilt. the second in onlcr 
of birth, married Mary Rnpp, and is n^w one of the rising young agriculturists 
of Washington township: Eugene K., hoin iS8S. died June 5. 1903. 

Shortly after tlie death, of his wife Mr. Van Gordcn engaged in general 
merchandising at Xorrisi nvn, and on January i. upg. he became a member 
of the firm of Wan Gorden 1^ Eason which has become one oi the leading busi- 
ness houses of the kind in tlie town. He is not only on enterprising merchant, 
but a man of afl'airs, having long taken an active part in public matters and 
an interest in local and state politics, being one of the Democratic leaders in 
Shelby county, though not an office seeker nor an aspirant f'-r public h.>nori 
of any kind. During the past four years he has been a meml.itr .if the Ad- 
visory Board nf Washington townsliip. and has still two years to serve, being 
chairman of the board and one of its most active and useful members. 

Fraternally [Mr. \'an Gorden is identified with several orders, being a 
member of Farmers' Lodge. Xo. 147. Free and Accepted Masons, in which 
he now holds the title of past master: he also belongs to Kenton Lodge. Xo. 
246. Knights of Pythias, at I^lat Rock: the Improved Order of Red Men. at 
the town of Hope, and the Heipe Camp of Modern Woodmen. He is held 
in high esteem by his friends and fellow citizens of the town in which he re- 
sides, and all who come within the range of his influence are attracted by his 
pleasing personality and sterling qualities of manhood. 


The gentleman of whom the bi'-'grapber wriu■^ in this connection vras 
born in Sh.elby county. Indiana. Xovember iS. 1X33. and has practically spent 
his life at or near the place where he first saw the light of day. in point of 
continuous residence being one of the oldest native citizens of Washington 
township. His father was John \\'illiams, a native of Tennessee, and his 
mother, who bore the maiden name of Lucin<la DePau, was hern in Indiana. 
Her father, William DePau, was a native of this state. J>.hn Williams came 


to Indiana in an early day. also, and settled, originally, near Indianapolis, on 
White river, bnt. after ,a short residence there, mijved to Slieltiy county, where 
he married, pnrcliased land and became a substantia! farmer and respected 
citizen. He rearetl a family of ihrce children, of whom the subject of this 
sketch was the hrst born, the others beiric;- l-llizabeth, now Airs. 1 lenry W'licelcr, 
of Columbus. Indiana, and William, a veteran of the Civil war. who also 
lives in that city. Mrs. Williams, who was born in 1814, died in 1847, and 
later ]\Ir. Williams married a widow by the name of [Mrs. \\ hite. this union 
being without issue. J';'hn Williams was born in the year 180S. and came to 
Indiana when voung and liere spent the greater jjart of his life, dying at the 
town of Edinburg, Indiana, on November 21, 1890. 

The early years of John A. \\'illiams were spent on the farm in Shelby 
countv where he now lives, and during childr.ood and youth he attended the 
.scheiols of his day. accjuiring a fair knowledge of such liranches as were then 
taught. He early adapted himself to the conditions of th.e times, learned by 
experience the meaning of hard labor in the woods and fields, and grew up a 
strong, vigorous ye^ung man, welt fitted for the vocation of an agriculturist, 
which he decided to make his life work. From his twenty-first birthday until 
retiring from active labor a few years ago. he devoted his attention to his 
chosen calling and succeeded well at the same, .accumulating a comfortable 
competencv which enables him to spend his declining years free from anxiety 
and care. He owns a small but beautiful farm of eighty acres in section 31. 
and what makes the place doubly dear to him is the fact that it has been his 
home since childhood. 

Mr. V\'illiams has always been an industrious, quiet, praiseworthy tiller 
of the soil, deeply interested in the material progress and moral welf.are (jI 
the community, and has ever stood for law and order and a high standard of 
citizenship. He is a member of the Flat Rock Methodist church, and in his 
relations with his neighbors and friends endeavors to practice the principles 
and precepts of the religii:)n which he has k)ng professed. On the 6th day of 
September. 1854. Air. Williams was united in marriage with Martha J. Cham- 
bers, whose birth occurred in Bavtliolomew county, Indiana, August 20, 1838. 
and who departed this life Xovember 7. 1902. This excellent woman, who 
was a devoted wife, loving mother and popular neighbor, bore her husband 
the following children: Henry M.. Mrs. Alice Andeiville. deceased: Ulysses 
Edward resides at Xorristown. husband of Phcebe Wrench: Elmer is single 
and resides in Indianapolis: Airs. Ella Seward: Dora. Frank, deceased: Airs. 
Daisy Oltman. 

Since the death of Airs. Williams, Dora, who is unmarried, has been 
housekeeper for her fadier. and she spares no pains in ministering to his com- 
fort and looking after his interests. The suliject has twelve grandchildren 
and two great-grandchildren. 


r,. P.. ■ARMSTRON*;. 

:\Ianv ,.lt>tadcs anifn ntcd tlic paruii^ nt 11. 1!. Ann-ir-.n- vvlicn llu-y 
scttlfd iii'\\:i-liin-Mn tuAndii]). Sb.cll.y lmuiUv. in the days of die Inv^ ai;o. 
but tlK-v caiiK' fi-Mni lianly slock, and eventually converted t'ne wild land, upnn 
which ihev settled intn a productive tanu. Mr. Arnisiroug-. who is ol Irish 
extraction', was Ixru in thi< township. P). 1S56. beiuo' the cliild of 
P.. B. and Xancv (Cox) Armstron-. hotli of ilK-ni were liorn in the state of 
Ohio, in close proximity to Chillicothe. The father of the suhject. when he 
arrived in Shelby county, entered eighty acres of land in the west half of the 
southeast quarter of section 30 of Washington townshij). lie cleared thi.s 
land and cultivated it. remaining there die remainder of his life. He contin- 
ued to add to his holdings, and at the time of his death, in January. 1893. he 
was the owner of two hundred acrc>. He wa> horn January to. 1810. his 
wife on Februarv 24. ]Si,^. dying in March. iS>)7. They \^ere the parents 
of eight children, of whom three are now livir.g, including the subject. 
Thomas Armstrong is a farmer in Bartlioloniew c amty. Indiana, and Rachael 
H. is the wife of Ge.jrge Henry, of Howard couuty. Indiana. 

}dr. Armstrong received S'"imc ed.ucation in the district selio. .1. but. like 
other bovs of his time, spent most , f his days working on the farm. After 
he had bVcome of age he married }ilinnie Hill, daughter of John ar.d Eliza- 
beth Hill. Mrs. Hill's maiden naniv was Walker. The father of Mrs. Ami- 
strong was horn April 7. 1834. lier mother September 24. 1840. He died' 
October 2. ^SjS- sbe in 1902. To them were born six children, one of whom 
is dead. Those who survive are: Sarrah SophrLuia. T. F. Hill. Clara, of 
Colorado, Otis Hill, of Kansas, and :\lrs. Armstrong. 

:\Ir. and Mrs. Armstrong are the parents of four children, all of them 
Ixn-s. as follows: Walter, born Ftbruary 14. 1878, hu-^lximl of Am:inda Van- 
zei-, and lives at Xorristown. Indi:ina : Warren, liorn April o. i87(). hvts al 
Acton: Wallace, bcrn February 14. 1881, married and lives in Washington 
township: Edward, born January 3. 1884. ';ingie and lives with bis i)arents. 
Mr. Armstrong is the owner of sixty-eight acrc^ ..f land on wliicli he has 
made manv improvements, besi.les building a m..,lcrn and ceimniodious dwel- 
ling. His'farm is rated as one of the most productive in the county, showing 
th^Tt it has been given very careful attention. He comliines the callings of 
grain and stock raiser, and has been very successful in b.tb branches. Mr. 
■and Mrs. Armstrong are members of the Wesleyan Methodist church at 
' Lewis Creek, and are deeply interested in matters of a religious character. Mr. 
Armstrong has ser\-ed as superintendent of the Sunday school, and is the 
president "of the Washington Township Sunday School Association at the 
present time. Both he and his wife have classes in die Sunday school, and 
thev take a great interest in their pupils. For many years Mr. Armstrong 


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Alllinngh there were no golden oiiportunities within 
Cocliran in the da}'s of his youth, lie has 1)y dint of alnio 
jier-everanec advaneed to a jr'siti' n < f ar.d resp insih 
full contklencc of his superiors, is in direct line for furthe 
an humble hcgimung he has made a j-.lace for himself in th 
When a youth, urdike many other young men of his stati" 
asliamed of h(jnest labor, no matter how lowly it might b( 
the secrets of his success. 

Mv. Cochran was born ^^larch 2J. 180S;. being the son of Daniel and 
]vlarv E. (Donahue) Cochran. His birth occurred in Clark coun.ty. and he 
was the fourth of a fami!\- of nine cliiklren. all of whom have succeeded fairly 
well in life. He was but two years of age whe'.i the family moved from Clark 
to Shelbv countv. As S( <.n as he became old enough to lie of any assistance 
to his father he worked on the farm, allhough hi^ education wa> by no means 
neglected. He was enabled to .spend about half of each year in the disrrict 
schools, and being an a])t pupil with a longing for a good education, h.e ad- 
vanced verv rapidlv in his studies. He remained o'.i the farm un.til he was 
eigliteen, when h.e applied for a position with a railroad com-pany. and gladly 
accejited a position as a section hai-d, that being the only vacancy at the time. 
He did this kind of work for nine years, at the end of which time he was of- 
fered and accepted a place in the store at I.evN'is Creek. Here he has continued 
to be empb.n-ed through several changes of ownership, and is now the manager 
of the establishment W. J. INIorris. and has the entire confidence of his 
emjdoyer. Besides this he occnpies.the po-iti.m of deputy p.'SimaMcr. Me has 
been married twice, hi- first wife being dead. She was Estella Hawkin-, 
daughter of Thomas Hawkins. Xo children were born as a result of this 
union. The death of :vrrs. Cochrar, occurred Eebruan- 13, 1S91. 

Before her marriage the second wife of Mr. Cochran was Lena Bration. 
and she became the m.>ther of two children, one of them dying while an infant.- 
The other child. Ruth X.. is nearly thirteen years of age. having been born Oc- 
tober 12. 1896, and attends the public schools. Mr. Cochran is inclined to be 
domestic, and spends most of his. spare time with his family. He takes an 
interest in public affairs, and i> considered a very desirable citizen by his 
neighbors. He is a member in good, standing in several secret orders, among 


then, bein^ Kenton Lod^e, No. .07. Knights of Pythias, In.kpenaent Order 
of Odd FclUnvs, Xo. S08. and Modern Woodmen ot Lewis Creek. He 1. a 
Demoerat. and was elected by that r-ty to tl^ offiee ot Jt>stu:e ot tl.e leace 
having served in that capacity for ten years, his condttct ot the 
entire satisfaction. He is the owner of a halt acre ot grotmd m Leuis Lreek. 
where he and his family reside. 


Among the citizens of Washington t^.nn^hip wh. h..ld a ,,rominent place 
_ ^ , .- .- ...1,, 1,^,-., .,(1-11,1,., x\or div snccess lameU 

have attained worldly snccess 

in that cla.s composed of men wh-. have atiame.l worn i> ^ucc.^^ , 
hr^gh their owt^ individual efforts is A. Miller. II. J.nrney h 
life has been marked by very few idle moments. I^'-^ P^'^'-^^V V ' le / 
and ^arah (P.eeler) Miller, and he was bom m \\ ashmgton town.lnp 1 eb- 
nnr;8 S M There is a strain of German blood in his vems. tor Ins father 
r bi in Genttany in 18:5. and his mother is ^le-ende trom nanves ot 
that lattd. His father cante to this ecttntry m ,834. and '^ '^^^ ^ " ; I" 
Ohio, where he remained >everal years, gontg tront Ute,e to Sh Jl > u^^nn. 
For • lono- tintc he followed agricultnral pur.mts. and finally moved to Shell :•- 
vUle l^re he lived a raircd life for a while. He eventual Iv took up In. 
Se::^:at P^t Rock, and lived there untd h.s death „t ,88. nen .. 

catne to Shelby county he was penniless, but hemg possessed ot a ^ -^ - t 
and a persevering disposition, he soon began to forge ahead m he ^u^a 
H was'a ntan of\road and liberal views on all subjects, and a V-^^--^^^^ 
citizen He had strong religious convictions, and was a member of the Metho- 
ds elntrdt having alfied hintself with that denontination when he In'st came 
ttsie^ ountv. The father of Mrs. Miller cat.e to the Ln.ted states trom 
h/Stierlandin early days, and settled in Pennsylvania. H>sadv.rn mt 
Shelbv eountv was at a time when the greater portion of ^^^ ^^" \ ^^ ^^^ 
.-ild state, and the implement, used in its cultivat.o.t very en de He and 
wife were th.e parents of ten children. Jesse A. was ^'^^ "-^ clnl n t. e 
order of birth. Most of his early education was procured m the -l^'^ ' ' 
Sh llvville. He passed through all of the gra.les m the common .elv oP 
. and then entered high school. Later he took a commercial course in a college 
:" T err Haute. After contpleting his education he P^cured emp oymen in 
a .tore in a clerical capacit>-. and for three years was connected -t h the ek 
vanP at Indianapolis. His wife was known m her maidenhood a. e 

Mve^s Their marriage took place in Illinois. December 31. k^QI. ati.l imn.e- 
diatelv thereafter tbev settled on the farm in Wa^hingtrnt township. 

Mr Miller is the owner of one hundred and seventy-two acres ot land. 


which he accumulated. as the resuh of his liujrahty since he was nianicd. ( )'i 
March i8. 1907. I'le Millers moved m Lewis Creek, where the subject assumed 
the mauagcment of the elevator of William Xadiug, which positinu he Mill 
holds. The duties of this position are not such as to prevent him from sivin.L;- 
some attention to his farm, which is very productive, modern methods heini,' 
applied in the cultivation thereof. Mr. iNlillcr believes that secret orders are 
a potent factor in acconiplishiui;- much good in the world, and belongs to the 
Farmers' Lodge. Xo. 147. Free and Accepted Masons, at Xorristown. and 
Kenton Lodge. Xo. 7, Knights of Pythias, at Hope. He is in accord wiili 
the principles of the Republican party, and has always voted that ticket, al- 
though he is in no sense a politician, nor does he ever participate in active 
political work. Xo man in the county has a better rejuitatiMn for probity and 
fair dealing. 


Although a product of the soil of Rush county. Indiana. Jefferson 
Murphv grew into manhood within the precincts of Shelby, and make- his 
liome in Washington township, believing that there are few more doirable 
spots in which to live. He was l)orn February 22. 1844. his parents being 
James J. and Eliza A. (Wilson) Murphy. The father was born in Euller 
countv.Ohio. and the mother in Fayette county. Indiana, her parents having 
coine there from Virginia. The father and mother of the subject were mar- 
ried at the home of the latter, and shortly thereafter removed to RuMi coun.iv. 
where they remained for se\-eral years. It was in the year 1853, ''^'l'''-" they set- 
tled upon a farm in Wasliington township, and both of them lived there until 
their deaths, he dying in 1877 and she in 1893. To them were born nine chil- 
dren, four of whom are livir.g at the preser.t time. Jefferson as a lad wa< 
verv anxious to procure as thorough an education as was p<js-il.)le and studied 
hard during the time tliat he was not engaged in helping liis father on the 

On Februarv 16, 1870, Mr. Muriihy married Louisa Chan.dler. who was 
born on Lewis Creek. Washington townsliip. March -'S. 184S. Iler father, 
Samuel Chandler, was one of that sturdy arm of pioneers who contributed so 
largely to the material improvement of Indiana in the early days. He was a 
nath-e of Kentucky, born June 19. 1S12. His death occurred October 9. 18^.3. 
The ancestors of his wife were early settlers in the state of Pennsylvania, and 
that was the place of her birth. The wife of the subject was reared in Wash- 
ington township. 

Mr. Muriiliv liad but a modest income when he was married, and he rented 
a farm. Being of an economical and industrious disposition, his succe>- at 

758 ciiAinvicK's histoky of sni:Li:v co.. ixn. 

the very out.-ct was ninvkcd. aiul Ik- IkuI M..n <ccurc<l siilVici-m uwU to puv- 
cha-e a tarin. He hnudn land ir, Sheltiv oumty, near .\ct..n. an.l lucJ. Uktc 
uiUil lanuarv j.,. iSSS. when lie an,! hi< wife di>,l ..f the larni and >non 
after came to Wa^hin-L .p. i..wnslnp. where they acqnireil iv,<iMn ot a line 
tract of land CMnsistinQ- m1 ,.ne hundred and scventy-'^ix acre?. 

To Mr. Murphv and wile were 1. rn nine children, a. toll<,w.- Marshall, 
born X..venilier 28. TS70. dead; Anna and Anni<; (twins'), liorr, :\l;M-ch^3. 
187:5. both deail; John A.. I' in X.'hle tuwn^hip. horn May t 1 .^ 1S71; 
Tanics S.. h.^.rn XovcnihLr 3. 1S70. farmer, and li\\:s ir. lllin.M>; l.dlie M.. h^.m 
Febiaiarv 16. 1S70. wife of James Mom^..inery. Illiir.i>; Dai-y V>.. January 
j6. 1882. -sino-le: Cnark> W.. 1 orn March i-i. 1884. farmer : J elYer-on C. Sep- 
tember 24. 1886. 

Mr. Murphv and his wife are members .^f the Mcih.Klr-t church at W in- 
chester. He belongs to the Patrons of Husbandry. He is under (ibligaii.ins 
to no one for the Success that he has attained. He made his way in life 
through habits of industry and frugality, selling an example that is well 
wortirv of emulation bv voung men just starting on their careers. The sub- 
ject is'a Republican, althnugh he dnes not take an active part in politics. 


A farmer and stock raiser and one of Wasb.ington township's representa- 
tive men is ^1. Harrod. the third son and f-urth child of Eh and 
INIary E. (Lawrence) Harrod. who dates his l.iirth from the 20th <lay of Xo- 
vembcr, 1874, having first seen the light of day in Shelby county. Indiana. 
near his present place of residence. He was reared to agricultural pursuits, 
attended the schools of Flat Rock until completing the full course of study and 
receiving a certificate of graduation and remained with his parents, assisting 
in the cultivation of the farm until his twenty-fourth year, when he became 
a tiller of the soil upon his own re^i-onsibility. Purchasing twenty-one acres 
of the land he now r,wns. :\Ir. Harrod addressed himself energetically to the 
work of its cultivation ami improvement, and such was his success that m a 
short time he was enabled to add to his original purchase until he now has a 
beautiful and uji-f.-date farm of eighty-tw. and a half acres, besitles owning 
a quarter section of land in Texas, which is also in a state of tillage. He 
made a tour of the South some years ago. and while traveling in Texas was 
so impressed with the beauty and fertility of a certain locality in the Lone 
Star state that he was induced to buy the tract referred to. a fortunate invest- 
ment in view of the rapid increase in the value of real esia.te there since his 

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Mr. Harrod manifests a lively interest, being- progressive in his ideas, and 
a leader in enterprises having for their object the welfare of his neighbors 
and fellow citizens. His political views are in harmony with t!ic Republican 
party, and in iqoS he was the candidate for Trustee of Washington town-hip. 
but failed of election b\- onl_\- eighteen \otes. the normal majority of the op- 
posilir.n being something in excess of sixt\-. lie is well ])osted on the leadiiig 
issues of the times, stands high in th.e confidence and esteem of his party in 
Shelby county, and ever since attaining his majority, has been considered fme 
one its intluential leaders and judicious advisers in the township of Washington. 

Mr. Harrod, on tlie 23(1 of October, igoo. was united in marriage with 
Sarah Lorts, of liartholomew count}-, Indiana, where her birtii occurred 
March 20, 1875, the union being blessed with two children, Hilary and I.cora. 
who were born in the years igoi and 1906, resiiectively. In his religious 
views Mr. Harrod subscribes to the Methodist Kpiscr)i)al creed and holds 
membership with the church at Flat Rock, in which he has ier\-cfl as trustee 
for eight years besides being an enthusiastic worker, especially in the Sunday 
school, where he renders efficient service both as an official and teacher: Mrs, 
Harrod is a ^Methodist, also, and deeply interested in the w-elfare of the con- 
gregation with which she and her husband are ideiuified. 


This estiiTiable lady, who is widely known and lias many warm frier.ds in 
various jiarts of Shelby county, was borr. near Harts\-ille, Indiana, on .\pv\\ 
13th of the }-ear 1845. Her maiden name was Mar}- 1*2. Law-rcnce, being one 
of five children w-bose parents, John K. and Magdalene ( Showalter ) Law- 
rence, of Pennsylvania, w-ere early settlers of Bartholomew couiU}-. Indiana, 
and amr)iig the respected residents in the vicinity of thi above town. Their 
childien ir. the order in which they were born are as follows: Josiali, Sarah, 
John M.. Sanniel and Mar}- E., all residents of Ii-idiana except John M.. who 


lives in Kansas. P.y uccupaiion ]ohv, K. Lawrence was a fanner and^ stuck 
raiser, lie also preached a nnmlier of Nears for 'he United I'.rethre.i ciiurcli. 
csiahhshed several congregations in different parts of tlie stale an<l was 
considered an aljle and snccessful nnnister. also an enterprising and public- 
spirited citizen. U\. go:.d wife, wlm preceded Idin to the unkr.own world, was 
fifty-three vears old at the time of her death, hut he lived to the ripe old age 
of cighty-tiiree ere called from ihe scenes ..f hi- ir.h-rs and triumphs. 
Man- E. Lawrence enjoyed the advaniages ..f an exceHeut h. 'Uie trainuig 
and was carlv instructed in the duties ui the househ.old. no pains l>eing spared 
in the meantime to impress upon her mind and heart a love for truth and 
respect for those virtues which make for well rounded character and useful 
wo'manhood. She attended the common schools until acquiring a knowledge 
of the branches taught therein, and on tlie 5th day of October. 1865. took 
the most important -^tep a woman can pMssibly take by entering ihe marruage 
relation, choosing for lur husband Fdi llarrod. a native of Ohio, but since 
earlv vouth a resident of .Marion and Shelby counties, Indiana. 

' ^Ir. Harrod was born September 19. 1836, and, as already indicated, 
came to Indiana when young, and on reaching the years of manhood, engaged 
in farming in the countv of Shell)y. to which hon.irable vocati..n he devoted a 
large number of vears with success and probt. He was a man of inlclbgcnce 
and well-balanced iudgment. stood f'^r the strict enforcement of the law. and 
for a number of vears was a strong advocate of the temperance cause and an 
enthusiastic and 'untiring worker in arousing public sentiment agaiu'-t the 
liquor traffic in all its forms. With his wife be heki membership with the 
Methodist Episcopal church, and as an earnest and devout Christian, dem. ca- 
strated his faith by his daily life and impressed all with whom he came mto 
contact with the 'sincerity of his religious profession, 
v.orker in the church, and for a number of years prior 
class leader and a teacher in the Sunday school. :\Ir. flai 

honorable life, fraught with much gv"id to his fellow men and 111 Ins.cleatn. 
wdtich occurred on xh, i_nh -lay of April. i.,03. his familv lost a lovmg and 
tender husband, a kind and altcciiMnaie failier. and the cnnty an enter- 
prising and high-mimlcd citi;:en. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harrod were blessed vath seven children, the oldest .'t 
whom is Isaac E.. wh<, was born Xovembcr 29. iS^r,, and who at this time is 
manager of the Flat Rock Telephone Company, and a heavy stockholder m the 
• same.^ He was educated in the district schools and at Hartsville, and is a gen- 
tleman r.f intelligence and influence. John R.. born August 12. 1869. is a 
married man and one of the leading agriculturb-ts of WashinglMn town-hip: 
Stella F.. whose birth occurred April 23. ^^72. died when eighteen months oi 
age: \\'illiam ^L. sketch appears elsewhere in these pages, was born 
Nf.vember 29. 187J, and is engaged in farming and stock raising in the town- 






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ship of Washington: Knthcrfdn! 1'.,. l, Sc]iUMnh(.r i i, 1S77. is also a tiller 
of llie soil and is a resident of r.anliul.MiK-w counl\ : S^'phia M.. hMin An-iist 
5, ]8So, and for some years a teacher in ihe sehn. ,1s ci Slic!h\ \ ille. is \\'<\\ the 
wife of P.. D. Wright, of l"lat Ruck; Charles was Kirn March j;, 1SS3. and 
is slill at luiuie attending- to the farm and Linking afler his mi.iher's iniere-ts; 
Minnie E.. the ye>nnge>t of the family and also a niemher of the iTine circle. 
was horn Fehruary _:;. 18S0, and received her ctlncation in the schools of l-'lat 
Rock, Ijeing a gra<liKUe of the high .school at that place ami a \oung lady of 
fine mind. 

Since her luishand's death Mrs. llarrod Ins lived on the frmiilv homestearl 
and looked after the cnllivalion of the same. She is a lad\- of high social 

PROh\ mi-:l\'ix JACKSOX. 

Thoroughly equipped for the iiursuil of the profession in which he is en- 
gagerl. and never neglecting the m.,st insignitlcant of tlie manifold dutie- that 
he is called upon to perform, h'rof. Melvin Jackson well deserves the higli r.ank 
that he has taken among the educators of Slielby county. .Vctive and vigorous 
and possessing a mind that has the faculty of grasping qnicklv the details 
of any proposition that may he laid before him he has had marked success since 
the first day that he embarked upon his ch.osen calling. 

Professor Jackson is a native of Shelb}- county, lie was b:rn \ugu<t 
17, 1S76. his parents being Elijah and Jane (McClintic) Jacksi,n. The parenis 
of the former, Elijah and Anna Jackson, were born in the state of Ohio, and 
came into Indiana in early times, taking up/ their residence on six hundred 
acres of land in Bartholomew county, where they lived until removed by death. 
Both of them are buried near Eurnsville, in that county. They prospered in 
a worldly way, and were very religi'ius. The son, I^lijali Jackson, was reared 
in Bartholomew county, and, after taking a course in the common sch.or.Is. 
attended Hartsville College, from which he graduated with hoU'jr. He moved 
to Shelby county, where he was married many years ago. In politics he was 
a staunch Republican, and participated actively in all of the campaigns, either 
local or national. He exercised a very potent influence among his neighbors 
on election day. He held but i",ne ofhce, however, serving for nine terms as 
Assessor of Washington township. In the later years of his life he became an 
active member of the Methodist church, and for a long time was a Sundav 
school teacher. He was considered one of the most valued members of the 
congreg-ation because of his willingness at all times to aid in the building up 
of the cluirch. His <leath. in iS.,8, was very generally mourned. Hi-; wife 
survives him, still residing in Wa.diington townshin. Thev were the parerjts 


of f.uir t!i:l.;!v;i. ir.cln.lin- tiic r^ul.jc-t. a> i-11ov.<: \\vv\\rA. uife ..f Willi. Pat- 
terson; Ilcrschcl 111:11-1 ic<l Sinn Spnrlin. livc^ at Shell. will'j ; .Maud, wile ^f 
John Con..vt.-. 

.\)'ler attending- the district schcols i'rotes-;! )r Jack- 11 enteied the llojie 
Xornial ScIk^"!, reniainin,^- there ^ne year. He taniilit his tirst teiiii in iN.)7. 
liaving pre\-ii>uslv spent twelve iii..mhs in the Marimi Niinnal Sc1i.mi1. where 
he tiok a scieinihc course. ?Ic has. dnrin-- hi- career as an ednc'itcir. lan-ht 
twelve terms <>f sclnol. and for the past fnur years served in the capacity e;! 
principal of the high school at Lewis Creek. He was married June J3. 1S96. 
to Pear! Willis, of Jackson township. Shelhy county. She was horn in Jessa- 
mine county. Kentucky. December S. 1878. heino- the cliiM of Greenljcrry Wil- 
lis, and the second of <even children, all now living^. 'Mrs. Jackson received 
a fair education in the common schools. Slie is the mother of one child, Roy. 
who was born September 10. 1897. }'rofessor Jackson is a Prohiliitionist, 
having- cast his lot with that party when he became cf ag-e, and he has never 
voted anv other ticket since. 


This able and popular minister r,f the We.-!eyan Methodist church, and fr.r 
a number of years a w-el! known i-esident of XVashington township, i> a na- 
tive of Shelby county. Indiana, and dates his birth fron-i the 28th day of 
September. 1861. His father, also a minister of the san-ie persuasion ( Ivpis- 
copalian Methodist), wa- Rev. T. C. Hawkins, and his mother before her mar- 
riage was Ann Elixa Rarnhill. both native- of Indiana, the former born in 
1839. the latter a few years subsequent to that date. 

T. C. Hawkins was educated in tiie con-imon schools and shortly after his 
conversion, which occurred w-hen he was a young i-nan, he .began preaching, 
at first in his native county and later on entering the regular w-ork i>f the niin- 
istrv. 1-iad charge of congregations at various places in Indiana and elsewhere. 
He Was a n-ian of tine pulpit ability and. during his active mimstry. held sev- 
eral important charges including the churches at Efhnghan-i and Kinmundy, 
lUii-iois. and later w-as made presiding elder of the Gosport district, in In- 
diana. In his relations as pastor and elder, his labors w-ere eminently success- 
ful and. bv reason of his power as a preacher and eminence as a Bible student. 
he became widely known in ecclesiastical circles and won a warm place in the 
confidence and love of his own church, and the esteem of sister denominations. 
In connection w-ith the ministerial work, he devoted considerable attention to 
agricultural pursuits and was also engaged for some time in lite mamtfacture 
of lumber, carrying on both of these lines while a resident of Illinois, where 

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he cwncd a g-ood farm and acamiulatcd a conitortalilc coniiieicnce. lie was 
thrice mairied. hi> lirst wife. rcl-Trid in in a jjrtct-di'.iy;- jjarai^iM])'.!. l».;arinu;' 'i:i;ii 
two cliildren. Hiram T., the ^^idtjcci <>t this sketcli. and a .laughter hy the 
name wf Ahce. whu die:! ai the ai;e "f six m mtlis. Reverend llawl^i-:- ae- 
e.anplished mneli gc id in the h.-ly uliice which lie <o w.irihily tilled lie de- 
ixincd this life in the prime I'f his ]ihysic:d and menial powers. January 5. 
1875, heinr;- in his thirty-seventh \ear at the lime, with hri-lii pn-pects for 
future usefulness. 

Rev. Hiram T. Hawkins spent hi> early life in Ids n.uiw oamty and Il- 
linois, and grew to manh.M (1 with, a well detined pnipo-e U> make the niosl of 
his opportunities and aehiexe success in some honorable \-ocation. P.rou.ght 
u]) in a home where niorah't\- am! religiim olitained. his childhood audi youth 
were comparatively free frrmi tlmse itiducnces which pollute the body and 
degrade the mind, lint it was not until his thirty-hrst year that he experienced 
conversion and decided to devote hi^ lit'e t.i the mini-try. lie received his 
educational training at Kinmnndy. Illinois, and Hartsville. Indiana, and sjiort- 
ly after uniting with the church began active preparations for the ministry, 
the labors of wdu'ch he entered upon in due tiiue and soon made his inlhicnce 
felt as an unusually forceful and eloquent preacher of the ^\■or(.l. 

Reverend Hawkins was duly cu-daincd an elder of the W'esleyan .MeilnMlist 
church by the Indiana conference, and. during the six years following, devoted 
his attention to the duties of his sacred office, ministering to various churches, 
and meeting with gratifying success in his labors. As already inthicated. his 
power in the pulpit scon brought him promir.entiy before the public, and wdterc- 
ever he preaclied he attracted large and appreciative andier.ces. By reason 
of failing health he was obliged to di<cintinue nn'nisterial work at tlie exjjira- 
tion of the period referred, tri. since winch time he has been engaged, principal- 
ly, in tilling the soil, owning a fine farm of one hundred ten acres in \\ ashnig- 
ton township, known as "River \'iew." 

Reverend Hawkins still preaches at intervals, his services being in great 
demand u]ion special (ccasi^ius and lie is frerjuenlly called on to conduct fu- 
nerals, deliver menTirial am! other addresses, and solemnize the rites of mar- 
riage. He tak?i a lively iiuere~t i*i i)ul)lic affairs and v.-tes with the I'rohihi- 
tion part}'. 

Maud W'heatley became the wife cif Reverend Hawkins August 6. 1XS4; 
she is a native of I'.arthi ilonicw county. Indiana, where her birth occurred in 
th.e year 1865. March 17111. Two children have been born to this union, viz: 
Harriet and Grace, wdio were torn in the years 18S5 and 1887. respectively. 
After finishing the common schools Harriet and Grace entered the high sclv^ol 
at Albion, in Xoble county, where tliey remained for two years, after which 
thev entered the high school at P.oxley. from vvliich they were graduated in 
due time. Harriet then entered college at Marion. Indiana. She taught one 


term of school al Baker's. Corner, in HamiUon county. Indiana. Later she 
became the wife of Otto Riirsbec. to wIkmh was b.n-n one cliild. Lavelda. who 
first saw the Hqht of dav March o. 1008. (iracc. who was also a oraduate of 
tlie r...xlev In-h sdiool'. married' Lee Oltis \'ickery, and live,, in Hamilton 
count V. w'hcre'hc is a min.ister in the Wesleyan .Meth.wdi>i church, at Baker's 


Few men follow the medical profession with the degree of enthusiasm 
and ard-r tliat is displayed by Dr. Charles H. Perry. He determined to make 
this calling his life's work \vhen still a boy in his teenr=. and his success has 
been even far beyond the most sanguine expectations of tlmse who have 
watched his career from its very beginning-. Doct.M- Perry is the son of C. 
R. and Caroline (Fleece) Perry, and was born March 10. 1875. He was 
the third child of a familv of six. all of whom have prospered in dilterent 
walks of life. He has a practical knowledge of farming for he worked hard 
when a bov upon his's place. After attending the common sch.)ols. he 
entered the academv at Campbellsville. and later became a student in the 
Georo-etown College, of Kentucky. Fie spent three years in that mstuuti...n. 
stud^^ing h.ard, for he was vcrv ambitious. Later, he taught three terms m 
one of the district schools, of Kentucky. He never abandoned the idea ot be- 
coming a phvsician. however, and eventually he entered the College ot Medi- 
cine, at Loui'sville. Kentucky. His studies in this college began m 1894. and 
he left the institution three vears later with a distinguished diploma. He lo- 
cated at Lewis Creek, and 'began the practice of medicine. The difhculty 
which the averase voung physician experiences in building up a practice is 
too well known to need mention, but Doctor Perry was more than ordinarily 
successful at the verv outset. Li 1904 he took a post-graduate course at the 
Polyclinic School, of New York Citv. at the conclusion of which he returned 
to Lewis Creek, and resumed his practice, increasing it to a noticeable extent 
within the vear following. . .. 

Doctor Perrv has been married twice, his first wite being Lmma K. 
White, of Fiat Rock. Shelbv countc. To this union child was born. Gar- 
nett R., his birth occurring lanuarv 30. 1901. Mrs. Perry died August 13. 
1906 His secoiKl wife was Laura M. Trimble, daughter of Nathan Trimble. 
She was born in Shelby county. April 14. 1885. and received an education m 
the common schools. 

Doctor Perrv is a member of I'armers' Lodge. Xo. 147- '''"c ''^"'' -^^"" 
cepted Masons. Kenton Lo,lge. Xo. 207. Knights of Pythias, l^at and 
Lewis Creek Lodge. Xo. S08. Lidependent Order of Odd Fellows, being past 

ciiADwiCK s nisToRv OF ?in:i,r.v ro.. ixn. 765 

noble £:;:rand and a charter mcinlier tliercot. He also l)eliing> to the Moik-m 
Woodmen of America, Xo. 45,80. He is :il llie prcser.t time medical examiner 
for this order, and serves in t'.ie same ep.i)acity fir a large numivr of life in- 
surance cminnies. He is a iirni hjli.A ir in secret orders, and takis a very 
active irLrt in lud-e work. He is a nK-nil..r .1 the Shelby O.uniy Medical So- 
ciety, and American an.d State Medical s. icietics, and is alway-- lo he fonrnl in 
attendance npon the meetings of these organizations. He i^ a Democrat, Init 
seems content to he a private in the ranks, never ha\ ing soULdit office of any 
kind. He Ikis some farm interests and gives them what attention he can spare 
from his profL^sion. which, as a matter of f;ict. is \-ery little, as he is cMie of 
the hnsiest physicians in the coinuy. ]fe has remarkahle success as a 
healer of the ills to which humanitv is akin. 


Before her marriage the subject of this sketch was Ella L'Jodds. daughter 
of Perry P. and Caroline Hodds, the father a native of Ohio, the mother of 
Indiana. Her grandfather. John 'SI. Dodds, a Penn.sylvanian hy birth, mar- 
ried when a young man, Hannah Yazel. of \'irginia. who. many years ago, 
moved to ]\Iontgomery county. Ohio, later transferring his residence to Hen- 
dricks townshi]), Shelby coniuy. in which he and his wife spent the remainder 
of their davs. I'crry Dodds. whose birth occurred near Dayton, Ohio, ac- 
companied his parents to Shelby coun.iy and grew to maturity in Her.dricks 
township, where in due time he married Caroline Kimball, who b'lre him two 
children. Ella, of this review, an.d Cora, nriw Mrs. Jackson Snyder, of Xi ble 
township, this county. After the death of the mother of these children. Mr. 
Dodds entered the marriage relation a second time and continued to live in 
the township of Xoble. and followed the vocation of agriculture, until his re- 
moval to Shelb\-ville. where he engaged in the hardware business, and where 
he was called to his bird reward on Eebruary 19. 1879. 

Ella Dodds was born in Hendricks township. February 19, 1S63. grew 
up under excellent home influence and. while still a inere miss, became familiar 
with the labors of the household and the other domestic duties which ha\'e 
such a decided influence in forming correct habits and directing the life of 
young womanhood into proper channels. Her first educational experience 
was acquired in the district schools near her home, init after her father re- 
moved to Shelbyville, she entered the schools of that city and continued to at- 
tend the same until her intellectual training was fim'shed. After the death of 
lier father she went to live with an aunt by the name of Hannah Dodds. in 
whose home she was the recipient of much kindness and imder whose watch 

766 chauwick's jiistoky of siiklhv co., :xd. 

and care she grew to young wdninr.hcmd. with i)iMi)cr c<ince|)ii'ins ft hfc and 
its duties and responsihilities. 

Miss D(xlds remained under the ru'if of lirr relative iruil her marriage, 
which \va^ solemnized Au.-•^!^t _'S. iSS4. wiili janus A. i'.a-ni. whose hinli 
t)ccurved i-"el)ruar_\- lo. 1845. in Speiieer. Imhana, hul whu for smiuc lime ])ri'ir 
to ch.oiising a wife and. helpmeet had lived in the cunty of .'^helhy. Mr. 
EasiMi was an intelligent antl cnteriiri-in- hnsine-s man. v.lio tmik- an arti\e 
part in promoting the material pr^ igre->s ni the eonnnunity in which he resided. 
He followed merchandising for a numher of years, met with gratifying success 
in the business, and at his death, which t<")k iilaee ini January 22. 1903. he 
left a valuable property to his wid. w .an<l children. The older of the children of 
Jame- A. and Ella Eason is Clirit'.n. w Ivi was l)Mrn August 30, 1SS6: he mar- 
rieil hanma Endicott. and lives in Xi rri.'-tnw n, where he has a general store 
and commands a lucrative patronage, lirsa. the other child cf Mr. and Mi's. 
Eason. was borri on the 19th of May. i8(/>. and is her urnher's assislaiU in 
the man.agcment of the home, and lier companion when, nut engaged in the 
duties of the houschtild. 

Mrs. Eascn is an active worker in tlie Methodist Episcopal church, of 
Norri-lown. and inlere~ted in the vari'ius charitaiile and humanitarian cnler- 
prises of the comnuinity. Her hus1)and. liaxing been identified with the Masonic 
Eraternity and the Improved Order of Red Men. she united with the Poca- 
Iionlas L'ulgt; and the ICastern Star, at Indiana, and since her initiation 
has been on.e of the seicieties' most vahied members. The career of Mrs. 
Eascu has been a \"cry active one since the deatli of her husband ; she has 
managed her various interests with signal aliility and success. She owns val- 
uable proiJeri\" in Xorrisiown, a tine fanu <if one hundred and tVirty-two 
acres in section 7,2. Wa^hingtun trAvn>hip. whicli .die rents, and is also much 
interested in live stock, her specialty, hii\\e\er. being poultry of the 
breeds, in the raising of which she has achieved an honorable repu:;'tion among 
the leachng fanciers of Shelbv countv. 


This veteran of the Civil war. and one of tlie re])resentative men fif Wash- 
ington township. w;ts b:.rn ?^Iarcli iS. 1842, in Rutler county, Ohio, being a 
son of John and Malinda (Clark) Xewton, natives of Pennsylvania and 
Ohio, respectively. Tiie Xewtons came originally from England, and the sub- 
ject's father was born in P^hiladelphia shortly after the family landed in this 
co-Ui-.try, and he spent his early life in that city. Eater he moved to Hamilton, 
Ohii , where he engaged in merchandising, and frum that place, aljout the 

CHADWICKS I1I>T(IKV OK SUi:i.r.1 CO., I.M). /i'/ 

vear i^^2. tran>l'crrc(l his business to Xorristown. Sliclhy c'>unly. Indiana, 
wlicrc he Iniiit up a large and hiciaiive trade. Being- very hl)eral and always 
ready to assist his friends, lie C'>u!d noi resist granting favors, with, the usual 
result of losing heavily by injudiciou-ly endorsing for unreliahle parties. This 
gni.d man. who measured up to a very high statidard of citizenship, dieparted 
this life in 1876. Bv his hrst wife. Malinda Clark, he had four children, viz: 
])avid, d:cceased: John C. of Indianapolis: William II.. of Tiinon county, this 
state, who died in" 1906; Eliza, deceased. wa< the wile of William W. Diwort. 
and George W.. whose name at the head of tlli^ ^keicli. Mr. Xew- 
ton's second marriage resulted in the hirth of two chiUlren. the older oi wh.oni, 
Thomas E.. became an inlluentia! Reiiublican politician, and at one lime served 
as Sheriff of Shelbv county: Rrido, the. second in order of birth, was also 
well known and stoid high in the esteem of his fellow citizer.s. 

George W. Xewton was alvait ten years old when his parents left Ohio, 
and since the vear iX^j he has been an homred resident of Shelby ct unity. 
He received a practical education in the public scIkh.Is. grew to maturity m 
Xorristown, and, at the breaking out of the great rebellion, tendered his >^er- 
vices to the government, enlisting May 14. iS'u. in Company A. Sixteenth, 
Regiment Indiana Infantry, which regiment his brother. John A.. a!<o 
joined, the latter sulisequently becoming a captain in tlie Seventieth Indiana 
\'ciunteers. AN'illinm Xewton. another brother, was a private in Company 
D, of the Seventh Indi;uia, and rendered elTicicnt service for the nation;d 
Union during the ])erind of enlistment. George W. shared with ln\ comr:ides 
the vicissitudes and fortunes of war during the early operations of the army 
of the Potomac, his regiment forming a part of Banks' division and partici- 
pating ill several engagements, including the battles of Ball's Bluff, Winche<- 
icr, and other action- which made that period, historic. Upon th.e re-Mrgam- 
zation of the Sixteenth, he joined the One Hundred Seventieth Indiana, w nh 
which he served until the expiration of his term, seventeen months kuer. 

On quitting the army. Air. Xewton returned to Shelby con:i;y and to,,k 
up th.e carpenter's trade, later bee iniing a contractor u]'on (lu'iit: an extensive 
scale. He erected a number of dwellings, public buildings and other edifices, 
in Xorristown and throughout the county, and achieved a wide icpntation as 
a builder. In 1864 he located in X\irristown. and since that time has hem one 
of the leading men of the thriving little city, contributin;; much to its 
growth aiKl progress, and taking an intlucntial jiait in public aff.iirs. His 
wife, f.jrmcrlv .Martha J. Robin-on, daughter of H..n. John W . Robins,,n, 
was born in U'ashington township, and is the mother of three children : Ettie, 
who married Ira McCartney, of Blonmington, Indiana, Thomas W., ile- 
ceascd, and Ed. C. Xewton, bookkeeper in the National Bank, of Slielby- 

:\fr. Xewton is a Republican in politics, a member ol the Grand Army of 


the Republic I'osl. at l-Hat RMck, and Ik-Iohos 10 Lcli^c Xn. 1.17, Vrce and 
Accepted Masnns, at Xi.n-i.~t-\ r. In relii^icn he i- a Meth ■.h>;. with which 
denomination th.e entire fiiniily are idcmilied. .Mr.-;. .\e\\l<.n i> one of ilie 
active and intlnintial workers in llie church at .Xorristow n. and at llie ])ves- 
eiit time a menihi.r of Uie l^ard of tru-lie-. SIic i.•^ also ;i k-ider of the 
Ladies' .\i(l Society, under the au-pices of the church, and an able and zealous 
teacher in th.e Sundav school, be-ides holding- an important olTicial position in 
the latter organization, and making her inlluence felt in the religious circles 
of the town and elsewhere. 

Mr. Xewton has been successful rmd is comfortably situated, 
owning, in adiditii n to his commodious home and other property in Xorris- 
town. a fine farm of seventy-one acres in Washington township, besides his 
investment in various enterprises and private capital. He has been a leading 
member of the Flat Rock Building and Loan As.sociation, and at this time is 
president of the organization, the success of which is very largely due to his 
efforts and judicious management. 

Hon. John Robinson, father of Mrs. Xewton. was for many years a dis- 
tinguished lawyer, of Indiana, and a man of a very high order .f intellect. 
He sen-ed si.x. years as Judge of the Howard and Circuit Courts, rose 
to an honorable position among the eminent jurists of day, and his death, 
which occurred in 1894, removed from the Ixir ni the state rue of its leading 
and useful members. Judge Robinson reared a family of four children, wh-jse 
names are as follows: :\Irs. ALartha J. Xewton: Lewis, who served with dis- 
tinction in the Civil war and gave his life for his country: John 'SI., ex-post- 
master of Tipton, also a veteran of the Ci^■il war: and Cora, who died in youth. 


As a meml)er of the vounger generation of f.armers of Shell.iy county. In- 
diana, James \\". Means, of section J9. :\[oral township, is one among those 
most widelv known as a progressive agriculturist and landow-ner. He was 
born near P.rookfield. ^^loral township, on November 9, 1833, and a son of 
Thomas P. and Elizabeth (Dake) [Means, whose sketches appear in this vol- 

lames W. Means was reared, on a farm and always had a natural inclina- 
tion to fami life. He was educated in the district schools of the county and 
lived with his ])arents until he was married in 1883 to Miss Ida Jane ^Martin. 
a daughter of Henr\- and Sarah ( Murphy) Martin. Mrs. Means died October 
15. 189T, leaving one child, Clara Belle. The deceased was a member of the 
Brookfield Baptist church and a woman of kind and gentle qualities. 



The seccMul inani;.-e of Jaiiic. W. McaiK was CMiiMiininated willi ^!l^^ 
Eliza Jane .Mclniiie nn OetMlvr jn. iS^J. She was a native ..f r.n...klk-l(l. 
Indiana, and a dau-!iier of Stew.nd and Anna i Mnrpliy) MeCuire, who are 
now- hviny in linnvn connry, hicHana. A sketch of Janie- Me( inire. a hrother, 
appears in this vokniic. To tliis union w:;s horn one child Mad,L;e Adeline, 
whose date of birth was Xovenihcr 7. iNi)7. .Mrs. Anna Mcfaiire is a native 
of Shelby county. Steward McCinire is a native of Tynme. !rclan<l. lie came 
to America at the clo^e ^'i il;e Civil war. and. was one of ihc pioneers in this 
section of Shelby couniy, where he worked for some time on a farm ami be- 
came known as a man of enterprise ami honorable character. 

After the marriage of James W. Means b.c and his brother purch;i>ed 
seventy-three acres of land where James now lives. He later houi^ht his 
brother's interest and added to the oris^inal purchase until his farm now con- 
sists of two hundred eit;iit}'-sc\en acres of line laud. There are one hund.rcd 
twenty-seven acres in his home farm, and one hundred sixty acres in the old 
homestead farm. lie lias made many improvements ami brou.Sfht his farm 
up to a high degree of cultivation. He built an elegant farm home and is said 
to have one of the best farms in the county. lie carries on a general line of 
agriculture and stock raising. 

James ^\^ Means is a member in good standing of the Brookfield Baptist 
ciiiirch, a Democrat in iK)litical faith and a citizen who loves his commuiu'ty 
and is respected and esteemed by tlic i)eople who know him, as a result of a 
xerv industrious life, which has been highlv succcssfiil and honorable. 


The subject of this sketch bel<jngs to an old and well known famil_\-, and 
traces his genealogv' to an early period in the history of Maryland, where his 
paternal ancestors appear to have settled in the time of the colonies. His great- 
grandfather, wdio was a native of that state, migrated to Kentucky wdien the 
country was new. and there married and reared a family, among his chiklren 
being a son by the name of Jonathan Lowe, who moved to Indiana in 1824, 
and settled in Orange county, later removing to the county of Decatur. 

Jonathan H. Lowe, sun of the above Jonathan, was born in Decatur 
county, ]\Iay 30. 1830, and when a }-oung man married Charity James, v.diose 
birth occurred in the same county on the loth day of October, 1839. They 
live, at this time, in Johnscm county, and are the parents of children as fol- 
lows: \\'illiam J., of this review: W. S.. H. \'.. Alpheus C, Thomas A... ?\Irs. 
Atina Hinkel, Lizzie. John A., Eertlia, and l\-arl C, three of whom, Liz/ie. 
Bertha and John A., are deceased. 



chadwick's history or shelby co., ind. 

\\-illiam J. Lowe, whose l.irth occurred nn ihc 30th .lay of Sci-tcniber. 
18^8. in ]\'ca\iir cunty, was leard to farm lal.Mr. receivc.l hi^ c>hicatt..n ni 
the i)ul)lic schools, and remained wilh his parents until ah^ut twenty years 
of age, when he severed hunie ties to make his (iwn way in 'he uurld. 1 hrec- 
years later he returned to his native county, where, on Ichruary 11, iS/'> 
he was united iu marria.qe with Mcrence 1-nqhsh, ,Iauoh..r ot W ilham A. 
and ^[arqaret (Johnson) Enqli.di, following- which he -a up Ins d-mestic 
establishment on a farm, and from that time to the present has devoted his 
attention to agricultur.d pursuits. , . , . 

Mr. Lowe has met with gratifying success as a tdler ol the soil, and is 
now the possessor of a handsome competency, owning a fertile and well im- 
proved farm in section 31, \A-ashington township, Shelhy cunty, to winch h.e 
moved in December, iQo;, and which, under his effective labors and excellent 
manao-ement. has been brought to a high state ot cultivation. 1 Ins home, 
which^ is one of the most beautiful and attractive in the crnnmunity. is ad- 
mirably situated, and in its improvement neither pains nor expense have been 
spared' the buildings being modem and in excellent condition, and everything 
on the premises bearing witness to the good taste and progressive spirit ot 
the proprietor Air. Lowe has ahvavs taken an active m public mat- 
ters and for a number of years has enjoyed worthy prestige among the leaders 
of the Democratic party in Shelby county, being a judicious adviser m its 
councils and an influential worker for its success, during the progress ot 
campaigns. In recognition of valuable political services, as well as by reason 
of his fitness for the position, he was rominaled, in March, 1S92, for Rep- 
resentative to th.e General Assemblv, and at the ensuing election defeated his 
oppcMicnt by a handsome majority. Mr. L.^we's legislative experience was 
creditable to himself and satisfactory t,. his constituency, as he labored zeal- 
ously during his term t^;. advance the interests of his county and state, proving 

valuable member of the various committees 

.hich he served, and 

fluential participant in the general deliberations of the chamber. Since retir- 
ino- from the Legislature, lie has held no oftlce nor aspired to public position. 
Mr Lowe is^a Methodist in his religious belief, and for a number ot years 
has been active in church work, especially in the Sun.lay school, where he 
has rendered elticient service as a teacher and official. Since 1902 he has 
been the able and enterprising superintendent of the Sunday school under the 
auspices of the church at Xorristown. during which time he has labored earn- 
estly in yarir:us wavs to increase its membership and promote us interests, the 
organization at thi^ time being the largest and most entluisiastic ot the kind 
in the town, its continuous growth in numbers and advancement m the kno\\ - 
edge of the Scriptures and religious truths, generally being largely the result 
of his care and management. ,- ■ , 

He holds membership with the Sulphur .Hill Lodge, No. 241, Knights 


of P_vtliia>, ill which \k lias passes! all ihc chairs, hcsiijcs the or- 
g-anizatiiui in the ("irand Ludgc of tin.- .state, and fillini; \\>irtliilv variou:". other 
high oHicia.l stations. 

^Nlrs. Lnwe was bun in Decatnr oainty. Indiana. May 4. 185''). received 
her preliniiiiary education in the irnhhc ^cIimo!-,, and later jinrsued her studies 
for some years in the graded .-^chr-nls cf C.reenshurg. .'^he has presented her 
husliand with four chililren. the oldesi of whom. Ruhy. was horn May iS, 
iSSi. and is still a member of the home circle. R. M., who-c birth, occurred 
March 11. 1S84. was graduated from the common schools, and subseuucmlv 
married ]\Iaude Shrugar. and is now a farmer, of Xoljle township. Jessie, 
the next in succession, was bf;rn Sei)lember 20. 1S86, after whom is Grace, 
the youngest of the family, who was bwrn Xinembcr 23. 1888, and who is 
now the wife of Dillard AI. Parri^h. uf Washington township. 


All but the hrsl six years of his life Marion Heck has si)cnt in Shelby 
county, hence his acquaintance in this section is very extensive. He is a native 
of Alontgomery county, Ohio, having been horn there December 25, 1846, 
and is the son of ]\Iargaret and John Heck. The father of Mr. Heck »vas born 
in Penns}d\-ania. and mo\'ed to Oliio when a young man. \\'hile residing in 
Ohio he met Margaret Mahcw, and their ac(|uaiinance riijcned into love, 
which culminated in marriage. They came to Shelby county in 1852. and 
settled in A\'ashington township. The)' were the parents of six boys and an 
equal number of girls. The husliand died at the age of sixty-five, while the 
wife li\'ed until she was in the se\cin\-fourih \ e: 
children, three are living: ^^lalinda, jasjjer X., 
the wife of Henry Becker, a resident of Shelby o: 
place of abode is at W'aldron. % 

As heretofore stated Marion was Imt six years of age when his parents 
came to Shelby county, and after taking a course in the district schools, helped 
his father on the farm. Pie remained at home with his parents until he had 
attained his twentieth year, when he was wedded to Xancy J. Plawkms. This 
marriage occurred June i, 1866 One daughter was born as a result of this 
union, by the name of .\nna. Tliree years after the death of his first wife, 
February 10. 1S70, ^Ir. Heck married again, his bride being Samantha R'lss. 
who was bijrn June 10, 1852, am] died January 2^. 18S9. The subject even- 
tually contracted a tliird marriage, his last wife Ijcing Emma (Davis) Miller. 
She was born June 31. 1858. the daughter of Benjamin and Mary f Afonjar) 
Davis, her birthplace being Clark crmnty. She was the \\idow of James Mil- 



Of the twel 



The former 

.', as 

is als. 



ler. having niariicd liini in 1S75. lie was burn .M:'.y 10. 1S48. Tci tlicin were 
born four cliil(b-en : l-'.. C, Ivni Decunber Ji , 1S7S: be spent year in an 
Ontario veterinary sebool : Waher F.. born OetMlx-r 17. iSSi, diet! Mav 31. 
1896: EHhu v.. liorn September 16. 1S85. is a -radiiate of the In-h se'b.M.l. 
and was a student in the State Xornia! Selinol ; he lias ;au,i;lil seh..')l three 
years: James M. died when an infant. 
Mr. Heck is very highly regarded 
of man}' sterling qualities. Although h 
young that are within reach of the youtl 

of tliat commodity known as common sense, and carved his own way in the 
world with little or no assistance. He is the owner of one hundred and twenty 
acres of very desirable farm land, and has been ([uite successful in gathering 
bounteous crops. His wife is a mo>i c--tiniable wuman of a ueeideiUy soeial 
disposition and many admirable traits of ehai:'.eter. Xaturally. she is \ery 
popular throughout the community. She ami her husband jointly tiwn the 
farm upon which the}- reside. ^Irs. Heck is an active member of the Eastern 
Star, Rebekahs and Pocahontas leidges. Mr. Heck bclr)ngs to Farmers' 
Lodge. Xo. 147, Free ami Aceepied Ma.sons. By liis second marriage h.e, 
has one son. Clarence Fleck, a. blacksnhth. 

n Shell)' 

e count}', being 

the possessor 

had no' 

lie of the opport 

unities w lien 

of loda 

y, he was bless ■, 

1 with pleiUy 

THO:\L\S F.OXE. Jr. 

Among' the worthv and intluential families of Washington township, 
none rank higher in the estimation of the people eif this eonuiuuiit}' tlia,! ilia; 
represented by the subject of this sketch, who is the sou of 'riionrts am! 
Sarah Bone, who are at the presein writing rtsidents of .She!b}'vi!le. Indiaiia. 
Thomas Bone, Jr.. is the second child by a sccc^nd m;irriage rif Thonias Bone. 
Sr. He was born in Washington township. Shelby county. Indiana, on the 
rjth dav of Septemlier. 1876. and. being a boy full of energy and grit, he not 
only did much in assisting to build \\\i a comfortable home for his parents, but he 
made a very commendable record in the local school, outstripping niany less am- 
bitious students. Fie obtained a good education, graduating from the common 
schools, but, being amliitious to s^ciu'C a higher mental training, he entered the 
Xorthern Indiana Xormul School at N'aljjaraiso. in 1893. and graduated in 
tlie business course of that institution, rankin.g high in his class. Having a 
liking for agricultural pursuits he returned to the lariii after finishing liis edu- 
cation, consequer.tiv he took up farming in his native townshiji. where he has 
since remained and has become one of the leading agriculturists of the same. 
He looks well to his calling, always keeping abreast of the times, studying the 
conditions of the soil, rotation of crops, tliereby getting the best results possi- 
ble from his farm, which is hig'nly improved and up-to-daie in ever}" re-peet. 


He takes niucli interest in stock raising ami keeps a lii.qli grade of li"rses. 
liogs and cattle. He lakes an active part in the work of the farmers" in.-tituie. 
manifesting great interest in the same aiid often his sugg'estions are of much 
practical bcnelit to the other mcml.ers. 

On the 3th day of March. iS.jS. Mr. Cne was marrie.l to VlnVA Trimhle. 
the accomplished daughter oi Nathan and Mary (Scott) 'I'rimhle. Enoch 
Trimble, the grandfather of ]\Irs. Bone, was a pioneer of Washington town- 
ship, having entered land where our subject now lives, on the north bank of 
Flat Rock river, and here he cleared away the lu-avy tiiulx-r. converting the 
wild woodlands into a line farm. Mrs. Thomas Hone. Jr., was a native of 
Washington township, where she was born October 20. 1S76; she. too. grew 
to womanhood on the farm and when she had arrived at the proper age she 
attended the district school, completing the conmion school gradu- 
ating from her class when very young. To this union or.e daughter, Ixaring 
the pretty name. }vlary Lucile. was born August 20. 1906. 

Mr. Bone atliliates with and belongs to the following fraternal orders: 
Patrons of Husbandry, in which he has passed the chairs: Lewis Creek Lodge. 
No. 81S. Lidependent Order of Odd Fellows: Sulphur Hill Lodge. Knights of 
Pvthias, and the Modem Woodmen, No. 1602, in wh.ich lie carries insur- 
ance. In politics he has always voted the Prohiliitionisi ticket. Mr. ami Mrs. 
Bone are yotmg people to whom the future holds much of promise, being of 
a disposition to earn a competence, and strengthen their hold on the affections 
of the communitv for h.onesty. kindliness of di-^positirm. being well known 
throughout the county where they have spent their lives, worthy descendants 
of fine old families. 


A descendant of sturdy men and women who helped to l)laze the way 
in Indiana for coming generati.jr.s. and a native son of the state is 'A'illiam 
Monroe, of Washington township. Shelby county. His birth occurred in 
Noble township, October 24. 1836. being the son of John and Amelia ( SIv) 
Monroe. His father was bom in Ohio county. West \"irginia. in 1803. and 
when he was but six vears of age his parents removed to Clermont county. 

The grandfather of >rr. }iIonroe was also named John, and from Cler- 
mont county he finally moved his family to Darke county. Ohio, where he re- 
mained for'several years. His next move was to Rush county. Indiana, and 
he arrived there on the day that Polk was elected President of the United 
States. Later he moved to Shelby county and bought a small piece of land, 
and entered vigorously ujjon agricultural pursuits. leading the life of an active 
farmer for almost the rest of his life. 


nvicKs m.-Touv of siiKi.r.Y co., ind. 

T,.lin Monroe, fatlu-r of tlic sul.ji-ct. came f Slicllix c.nuity in T832. an<l. 
like iiis lalluT, engaged in tlio cnllivaiion of llir soil uji Im ilie time of lii'^ 
de?th. He was the fatlier of lliirteen chiUlren. nine l.>oy> aiul f. .ur ,L;iii>. ei^ilu 
of whom are now living. \\'illiani Monroe was Uic sixth of the family, and 
he remained under the jiarental roof until he was twenty-one vears of af;e. 
After he entered upon manlto.,,! he rented a farm and wa^ united in marriaj,'C 
to Manha lone<. Six children were h. 'rn o\ this marriage, two ,.f them dying 
in infancy." Alfred is married and a farmer in Xohle t..wn<l:ip; I'.erth.a is the 
wife .of Frank Gillespie, of Illinois. The fust wife of Mr. Monroe died in 
1SS9. He a<;ain married on .\pril 25. iS.,,5, the hride heiii- Dora \'. RigRS. 
widow- of j.'W-ph Ri-S"^. There were two cliildreii horn te> .Mr<. Mnnroe hy 
her first marria.qe as f-llows: Clara, wile of II. Xeulier. of Kenlneky. and 
Lulu, whose hushand's name is Yellon. 

Mrs. Monroe was horn in Covington. Kentucky. July 2. 1S50. and was 
reared on a farm. It was when she was ahout seventeen years old that she 
came to Shellw counlv. She remained there ahout two years, afterwards 
lakinq- np her residetiec in Roonc county. .\t the en.l of seven years she caiue 
hack "to Sh.elhy county, having; lost hy death her first hu^hand. Mr. Monroe 
and his wife are hoth meml-ers of church, hut heloug to different congrega- 
tions, he hcing a Methodist and she a Baptist. 

:Mr. ^loiiroe is a heliever in the doctrines of the Prohihition party, al- 
though he was luitil a few years ago a Repuhlican. He does not take an active 
part hi politics, however. He is regarded as one of the suhstantial farmers of 
this communitv, heing the owner of one hundred and twenty acres of laud m 
section 4. W'ashingtcni township. In the pursuit of agriculture Mr. Monroe 
uses the meist modern lucthods. 


Few men display more enthusiasiu and painstaking effort in the pnr>uit of 
their chosen profession than Dr. Edward Wertz. of Flat Rock. \\'<'ishitigton 
township, Shelby county, and therefore his reputation as a healer of the dis- 
eases to which humanity is subject is widespread in the section in which he 

Doctor Wertz was horn in Shelby county, near Mt. .\uhurn. July 10. 
1876, the son of Daniel and Martha (Scott) Wertz. Both his mother .and 
father were natives of Shelby county, the latter having been born in 1851. 
Thev lived upon the farm which they had entered in the pioneer days. The 
father of Mr. Wertz died in 18S4. and his wife survives hiiu. He is buried 
in St. George's cemetery, Jackson township. 


Doctor \\'crlz is tlie oldest of three children, lie was educated in the .Ml. 
Aubttrn public schools, and afterwards attended the State Normal at 'J'erre 
Haute, remaining- in that institiuion fur two vears. .At the age of twenty he 
entered the Central L'lllego of Physicians and Surgecns ai Indianapolis, and 
graduated in the S]iring oi iQOO. He began the practice of medicine at once, 
locating- at Xine\eh. Jnhnson county. Indiana, wliere he buik uji an extensive 
patronage, both in the lnwn and country, being kept busy day and night a 
greater portion of th.e time, paying professional visits in all sorts of dis- 
agreeable weather. Frequently he drcixe acri.'Ss EriAvn county on "pitch dark" 
and rainy nights, in order to reach the bedside of a palieni whuse ennditii.n 
demanded immediate medical attention. He left Johnson county in looj. 
locating- at Shelbyville, and remained there imtil May, 190,^. going ihr. •ugh a 
smallpox siege during that inter\-al. He bought the office and ))ra(.iici' of 
Doctor Connelly at Vhx Rock, Indiana. April 20, 1903, and nioveil to 
place less than a month later, where he still remains. He follows the mclical 
profession only as a general practitic'ner. and lias a [inictice that is constantly 

On July 22, 1S97. he was married to Lulu Ford, .laugluer of Dr. W. M. 
and Catherine (Fmerick) Ford. She was born in Slielby county. I )ecember 
I, 1S7S. Her father is a native of Kentucky, and her nijiher of In.diana. 
Both of Mr. \\'ertz's parents are still living, their home being at Mt. Auburn. 
They are the parents of eight children. Mrs. Wertz being the eldc-t. Dr. 
W'ertz and wife have tw-o children. Walter Daniel, aged ten }ears. and I'anl 
Arthur, aged six. The Doctor is a member of the Masons of Shclby\ ille. 
Indiana, the Knights of Pythias Lodge at Mat Ivck. the Indcpentlenl Order o'f 
Odd Fellows and the }vlaccabees. at Shelbyville. I'oliiically he places his faith 
in the Democratic party, and is an acti\e worker in the ranks during can-i- 
paigns. He does not aspire to pijlitical emoluments, however, and woidd never 
accept a ciiuity or township oftlce. Neither he nor his N\ife arc members of 
any religious denomination, although they usually attend services at •the 
Methodist church. 


One of the progressive agriculturists of Shelby county is Jasper Newtfin 
Heck, who was born in Montgomery county. Ohio. January 10. 1843. l'^^' son 
of John and Alargaret (Mayhugh) Fleck. John Fleck was Ixirn in \'irgin:a 
and reared in Pennsylvania, and came to Shelby county. Indiana, in the fall 
of 1854. from Montgrmiery count}-. Ohio, locatin.g five miles soutlnvest of 
Shelbyville, where he bought a f;'.rm and where he died about th.ree years 
afterwards, aged sixt}--three years. Prior to his oiming to Indiana he lived 

776 chadwick's }ti;tokv of sm:i.iiv co., ixn. 

in Ohio for about forty years. He was married in t!ie iUickcye state and all 
of liis children, twelve in number, an equal number 01 !;oys and i,nrl-. were 
bom in that state. He was a successful farmer, a Democrat and a nieml ur if 
the MethMd!;:t church. The name- of the children in his family were as fol- 
lows: William died when cighty-.nie years old: .Mary is decea>cd: Xaiicy i^; 
also deceased: Maliiida lives in Shelby county, as did also Catherine prior to 
her death: Cieorge. John. Jacoli, Lucinda and Xaomi. are all deceased; Jasper 
N.. of this review: F. Marion lives in Xorristown. Indiana. 

Margaret ^hiyhuyh. the maiden name of the of these children. 
was born in Marylami. 

Jasper X. Heck was eleven years old when lie came to Shelby county. 
Indiana, with his parents, having received some early education in Ohio, which 
he continued in Shelby county, obtaining a good tcxtdxiok training for his 
dav. On I'ebruary 28. isr,4. he was married t.;. Lavinn E. Mitchell, dai'.ghter 
of'Fielding antl Mary l.Mley) Mitchtll. She was born X..veinl;.er „'.). 1847, 
in Shelbv\-our.ty. Her f:uher. a Xortli Can.lii-ian by birth, was one of the 
earlv settlers in Shelby county. Her mother was born in Decatur county, of 
which her pcojile were the earliest settlers. The .Mley family was one of the 
pnimineiit ones of Decatur and Shelby county. Mrs. Heck wa^^ the sev- 
enth child in order of b.inh in a family of twelve children. She and Mr. Heck 
were married in Shelby crnmty and to them four children have been b.orn, 
namely: William S.. i).)rn May 9. 1863. and died in 1895: Charles E.. born 
Apriljj. 1868, married Maggie Shonp. of Liberty fwiiship. where they now 
live, being the parents of one child, Chester C. : Anr.a B. was iiorn OciiJiKr 7. 
1870. married Franklin P. :\IcKay: th.ey live in Liberty mwnship and -m-c 
the parents of three children. Mabel C. Unice Herthey and Lois :\Iay : Ida M.. 
the youngest child of Jasper Heck and wife, was born October 18, iS;3, an-! is 
living at home. 

"Mi-. Heck has carried on general farming in a most successful manner, 
and he has been an extensive breeder of Berkshire hogs for a period of thirty- 
five vears. having exhibited at the county and local fairs for thirty years, 
where his fine stock always attracted a great dval of attention, being the ihiest 
of their kind in this locality. However, for the past three or four years he has 
not engaged in the hog business very extensively, but he still carries on .general 
stock raising in connection with his farming. He has lived on his present 
place since 1867. It is located in section 21, Liberty township, and he has 
one of the finest homes in the county. U is in the midst of attractive surround- 
ino-s. is modern and elegantly furni-hed. He has made very extensive im- 
provements on his farm, which now ranks with the best in the county. He 
was alwavs interested in the Shelby County Fair Association and was one of 
the original stockholders in 'the same, and he <Iid much to make it a succc-s. 
He has" long been regarded as one of the public-spirited and substantial men of 


tlie county. He lias lieen very aclive in ]!)enirici;Uic |n>!iiics of his townslii]) 
and county and fcr three terms lie ?er\-ed in a \cry aMe manner a? Trustee i>\ 
Liberty townsliip. ]Ie was a menil'.er of the Grangers while that (.rgani/aiion 
existed in this CMunly. He and his wife are UKnihers uf the MclluHlist Ejiisco- 
pal chinch in Rush county. 

]\Ir. Heck is one of the best known men in Shelby CLiunty. His name wa-; 
associated for a great many years with the fair association, which he heljied to 
organize, and his hogs were pri;^e winners at tlic fairs fiir ;i (|uaner of a 
century. He has always been b_\- those who knew him best as an 
industrious, honest and public-spirited citizen. 


It is safe to say that no class of foreigMvbnrn citizens have done for 
America what the English have, and a worthy representative of that great and 
progressive nation is George Wright, who was torn in Bradbourn. Der!i_\- 
shire. Englar.d. ]\larch ii. 1836. the son of William and Elizalieth (Gould) 
Wright. They were tlie parents of ten chiblreu. six i_if whom ;ire deceased. 
The living are: ]''rank. Eliza and Ann, all li\ing in England, and George, of 
this review. Eliza lives with an aunt who was born December 21, 1809, and 
who is .«till living at this writing, almost one hundred years after her birth. 
She is a lady of wealth, and in 1889 made a present of one thousand and ih'-ee 
hundred lobars to each of the ten chiklren. Mr. WVight has ano received 
another dowery, he being the recipierit ',{ fifteen thousand dollars, an aniouht 
given to each of tlie ten children. 

George \\'right was reared on a farm and was apprenticed as a dairy- 
man. He attended the schi cds of his native land and received a fairly g"' '! 
education. Believing that better opportunities awaited him in America than 
could be found at home, he started for this country December 2. 1852, and 
was on the Atlantic thirteen days. He came to Indiana, finding his way to 
Noble township. Shelby county, to vvhert a brother. John Wright, lived, re- 
maining for some time on the place wdiere he now lives. On August 2. 1855. 
he married Aviary E. A\'cr}-, and to this union three chiklren were born, 
namely: Frank C., ^lav 20, 1S56: he received a common school education: he 
was killed by the cars in Indiana])olis. Albert W. was born October 10, 18C1, 
graduated from the ccmimon schools and married Alta Mobley, daughter of 
Professor ]\Iobley : he lives in Xoble township. Sophia E., born Augu^t 3. 
1864, is the wife of Joshua S. Alley, of Noble township. 

Mr. WrightV first wife dii_d February 5. 1872, and he was married a 
second time, uniting with Ellen Shi)rt on June 4, 1873. She was born in 


Hamilton couniy, Oliio, Marth 31. ]8.|n. and came to liiiliaiia i-i iS^.]. locat- 
ing in Liberty township, Slielby county. Xo children have been Ij'.rii t. > this 

^\"hen Mr. Wright landed in .America he had but eighty dollar... and 
knew how to do but little el>e be.-ides milking a cow. but being courage' ms 
and ambitious to succeed, he began working up. a farm. lie had never seen 
any growing corn and his first sight of a corn-field was surprising to 
but he says he saw many new things in this country. He worked out on a 
farm tVir Some time, and, being ecoriomical, soon had a start. His wife had. 
an interest in the farm of one hundred acres where lie now lives. Tbi.-- ^lr. 
\\"right purchased. He has prospered by reason (."if his habits of inrlu-try and 
careful management and has been able to add to his original purchase until he 
now owns famis aggregating nine hundred and fiUy-lwo and one-lialf acres 
in Xoble township. The [ilace upon wdiich he resides i.- one of tlio motlel farms 
of the county, well improved in every respect, on which general farming is 
carried on in a manner that stamps its owner as a highly skilled agriculturist. 
He keeps a number of liired men and his place is always under a high slate of 
cultivation. He has a beautiful residence in the midst of attracti^'e surround- 
ings, also has extensi\'e and substantial barns and other buildings. Jlis h\e 
stock is of the best. 

In his political relations. Air. Wright is a Democrat, and while he has 
never sought political office, he was at one time a candidate for Trustee of 
Noble townsliip. He has preferred to spend a c[uiet life at home, and he has 
made a wonderful success of his work, and deserves great credit for what lit- 
has accomplished, considering the unfavoralile condttions that beset his early 
career. It ^hows that a man of grit, persistency and of lionest i-irinciples can 
succeed in the face of discouraging environment. Air. and Airs. Wright are 
memliers of the First Universalist church nf Indianap<jhs. Tb.ey arc wcl! 
known in Xoble township, where they have hr.sts of loyal friends. 


The subiect of this sketch is a mcml.ier of a family tliat has been closely 
identified with the material progress of Indiana for many years, anrl no name 
is better known within the confines of Shelby county than tliat of Hawkins. 
The Rev. S. D. Hawkins first opened his eyes upnn the world in \\'ashington 
township, where he now resides, nearly sixty-two years ago. and in his ca- 
pacity as a minister of the Gospel has done much toward the uplifting of its 
people in a spiritual way. 

The subject was born September 17. i''^47. being the son of I'homas cUid 


Rcliecca (Higyins) Hawkins, and grands'in <>\ William Hawkins, a ])riMlnci 
of Virginia. When quite a young man tlic fnilicr of ilic sulijici. hearing <>i 
the many advantag'-es iliat Indiana offered f ^r ihc i)ui>uii of agricullure. de- 
cided to leave the Old Di ■minim-, -t.ate .-ind lake up his re>idence amid new 
scenes. lie stojiped off in (Mum f. ir s. .me time, and it was there th,-;l he met 
and became enamored of Rebecca lliggins. with the result that their court- 
ship culminated in marriage. The newly wedded cou])le settled in \\"asliing- 
ton township. The young bride wa.s the daughter oi William Iliggins. Xew 
York state being the place of her nali\ itv. A- the fruit- of this alliance, eight 
children were born: Jnlm M.. Julia A.. Joduri .s.. Mary J., .Sarah E., Thumas 
C, Rebecca L., and Samuel ]).. tb,e subject nf this sketch. 

Of the above named children. John M. and Samuel D. ILawkins are ib.e 
only survivors, the former being a resident of Bartholomew county. 'I'b.e 
educational advantages of the subject were decidedly limited, the instiluiion 
of learning that he attended being the typical log school-he'use of the early 
days: during the time that he was not absorbing kn.owleclge he performed the 
hard labor that is usually alloled to the boy on the farm. Early in life he was 
imbued with an ambition to enter the ministr} . taking gi'cat interest in spirit- 
ual matters. His ambition to fill the pulpit was finally realized, and f;.r forty 
years he has preached the (i.^spel. being :U present pa^^lor ..f the Meihodist 
Episcojjal church. South. .In tliat period he has spoken word-; of tender 
eulog}- over the graves of many Shelby connty citizens who have passed to 
the great beyond. 

]\Ir. Hawkins was married to Elizabeth Ci;chran. daughter of John C'.'ch- 
ran. December 12. }Sh^. She was born in Shelby cenuny. January i_'. 1848. 
Eive children were born to the couple, as follows: Alonzo S.. farmer, Slielliy 
county: Anna D.. widow of Wellington Spurlin: Mary E., wife of WiMer 
Spurlin. Shelbyville: Samuel E.. a farmer in Shelby county: Jesse A. is a 
school teacher, and has stmlied law. He ha.s been admitted to the Shelliy 
county bar. 

The subject of this sketch has, the greater portion of his life, been a 
member of the IMethodist church, of which he is a minister. His wife is also 
a member of the same denriminatiini. As a minister the Reverend Hawkins 
has been unusually successful in the way of securing great numbers of acces- 
sions to the church. He is of a s)'mpathetic nature, and possessed of consid- 
erable magnetism, being highly respected by people in all walks of life. His 
views on all public questions are broad and lil.)eral. Insofar as politics is con- 
cerned, he has always affiliated with the Prohibition party. 

Mr. Hawkins is possessed of alumdant means, having attained financird 
success through umiring energy and frugal habits. He is the owner of ninety- 
four acres of \"ery fertile land near Lewis Creek, and is estimated to lie worth 
ten thousand dollars in real estate and cash. 



Tlic eilucali<.iiial intercsl? of the lIiKi>ier state have kept ]>acc with tlie 
materia! gr<.->\vth of the commcinw ea.hh and liave heui nf sueh a eharacier as 
to attract attention thr.nic;h' ait th.e c^'Uhiry. .M\;eh uf this i> the lenill of th.e 
earnest labors of the teaching profession. In this body uf noble men and women 
is to be found that self-sacriticing and patriotic sjjirit that has stimulated the 
minds and hearts of the growing youth to noble aspirations and high ideals. 
Following the go(.d work done in our comnion sch^ ols conies the high sc'.iool. 
.and here we now have an adniirrble feaure in .mr >y_stem of ednca.ii. 'ii. The 
Geneva school is one that has ino-ip. anted th.e high .school work in its curric- 
ulum, and is under tlie direction of tlic gentleman whose name stands at the 
head of this article. 

Prof. Earl D. Jones was born in Xoble township. Shelby county. June 
I, 1876. He is the son of D. F. and Margaret ( :\IrCarty) Jones, both of wh^.m 
were also born in Xoble township, the former on July 15. 1854. and the latter 
on September 20th of the same }ear. Joseph P>. Jones, grandfather of our sub- 
ject, was born in 1820, in Hardin county. Kentucky, so famous on account of 
its association with the life of the great emancipator. .-\brah:;m Lincoln. Mar- 
garet (McCarty ) Jones was the daughter of Green P. and Louisiana ( Wines) 
McCarty. Her marriage to :\Ir. Jones occurred in 1874, and the union has 
been graced with two sons. Earl B. and W. R. After finishing the common 
school work. Earl attended the Xoble township high school and completed 
the course. He to,,k a keen interest in his studies and easily carried on the 
work with credii to himself and to the school. His inclinations va-re in the 
direction of literary work, and he decided to give his further attenti(-.n to 
teaching. Realizing the great demand for teachers that are well trained for 
the work, he decided to finish his preparation for teaching at the Marion Xor- 
mal, where he took special work in the ,-cicntific course. He ac(|uired general 
experience bv teaching in the districts at first, but fwc years ago he assumed 
control of the Geneva sch-ol, and has had a most successful experience. 
Under his direction the high scIiom] h;is gn wn nercq.iibly, and the general 
tone of the work has made .kcided improvement. 11 i^ high standing in scholar- 
ship is widened by his certificates both in state and county, .obtained by actual 

In 1001 :\lr. Jones was married to :\lary 1'. McAulifie, of Xoble town- 
ship. Two children have bten Ijorn to tlum. vix: Ivan R., born August 15. 
1903. and Mary Margaret, born Fe'nruary 10. i\f->'>. 

Mr. Jones' has not confined himself wholly to lii> at the de>k, but 
takes a wholesome share in the general affairs .)f the people about him. He 
is thoroughly familiar with the ••ins and out>" of p .lilies, and was at <.ne 
time precinct committeeman for th.e Democratic party, but he has never as- 

ciiadwick's ]iistokv of shklbv 

pired \o puMic olVice. He is a of t!ic- Sulpluir Hill l'»l-o, Kni-iils of 
Tylliias, licin- al prcsfiU past cliar.CL-llor ar.d i> IkM iii llI.^h ix-avd hy inauls 


1AM KS AkCWirrXK^' 

Tliore was practicallv no opporliinity for a child to procure an cducalion 
in the davs of the youth u'f James McCarlney. although he did gel a smaitcring- 
of knouledqe in the way of reading-, writing and spelling at tuld times when 
n(-,t at work r,n the farm'. He was horn in Jefferson county. In<liana. June J^. 
1834. His parents were James ar.d Mary Ann McCartney. They were hoth 
natives of Indiana, and were married in Jefferson counly. The father of the 
fonner. also James :\[cCarlney. wa.s a soldier in the Wa.r of iSu. and served 
throughout that struggle without even lieing wounded. In those days Indians 
Avere plentiful in soutliern Indiana. :'nd mar.y of them were hostile, and. ihere- 
fore when the grandfather went out to chop w("kI his wife accomijamed hmi. 
carrying the a.x, while he was armed with a gtin. 

Tlie parents of the subject resided in Jefferson c .unty hctween llmty and 
forty vears. and the mother' died there in 1S44. and is lunied on the farm thai 
was' owned bv her father-in-law. Her husband survived her many years, ^and 
married a second time, his bride being l-.meline (l'hillii:>) Wright, a wulow, 
Thcv remained in Jefferson county until the head of the family sold hi.-, n.i- 
terest in the farm, and thcv removed to Joh.nson county, where they rented a 
farm. There his second wife died, and is buried near Greenwood. Her hus- 
band survived her but a lew vears. dying about the year of 1S83. 

To the parents of lames McCartney hve chiUlren were born, he being t,ie 
third in order of birtli, and the onlv one of the family now living. • I here 
were eight children as the fruits oi the eider Jaine> McCartney's second mar- 
riage onlv one of whom survives. Mr. McCartney remained at home until nis 
mother died, when he hired out by the month as a !arm hand. ^ He fma!l>- 
drifted to Shelbv countv. coming there in the fall ot 1S55. On bebruary u. 
iSso. he married Elizabeth Woolley. who was born in Hamilton county. Ohio, 
lune "7. 1S36. daughter of George and ^lary (Lawrence) Woolley. Her 
father was born in England, and came to the L'nited States when a mere boy. 
Her m..tlier was a native of Ohio. 

When lames McCartncv was married he and his wite moved on.t.^ a 
rented farm" in Bartholomew countv. Indiana, where they remained lor vxo 
vears and then returned to Shelbv county. He and his wife have passed 
ihrou'o-h manv hard^h.ips during their long lifetime, but they have been quite 
prosperous neverthek-s. Mr. ^IcCartney has had the misiorlune to baxe 
been totallv blind for the past three years, and theretore conipelleo to spcui 


liis time (juielly at home. He is the I'alher of three eliiKh-en. as fiillM\v>: Iia 
E..ot Bl.Himiii'mMn. Jinliaiia. n.iuhry dealer, has a family ,.f six ehiMren; 
Joseph E., c,f Shelbwille: his wife's maimer, name was Ada Weiiilan.l ; he is 
bookkeeper in a furniture estahlishmeiit : Charles l-'.. deeeased. married Emma 
Solomon, two children, both dead. .Mthoui;h he never acliveiy luirtieiijated 
in jjolitics, the subject is a Republican. 1 lis wife is a luember <ii the Methodist 
church at Elat R. .ck. B..ih Mr. and Mrs. ^sleC'ariney enjoyed very good 
health, de>jjite iheir q-reat aqe. 


Among the citizens of \\'ashington to\viishii> who take an arti\e jiart in 
public affairs is Harry S. Winterrowd, and that accounts iV.r the fact that he 
is one of the best known men in Shelby county. .MilniUgh U' a a nrui\e born 
Indianian. he is \ery jiroud 'jf the state of his ru'Miitio;i. Mr. Winterrowd 
■was born in Jasper county, Illinois. December ii. 1808. his parents being 
John Z. and Barbara (Buckinghaiu) Winterrowd. The grandfather. Jolin 
Winterrowd. \\:is born and reared in Darke coimty, Ohio. He was twice 
ricdi. his first \vife's maiden name being Anderson. She became the mother 
of four children, Washington, Xanc}', Jacob and Selden J. Several _\ears 
after the demise of his first helinneet the widower married again, his liride being 
Dorothy Cookson, of Shelljy C(junty. Eoin- children were the fruits of tliis 
union, three deceased; Elizab-etbi. wife of Benjamin T. }ilouldrn. who resi(.lcs 
in Illinois, the only one who sur\ i\es. 

The father of Harry S. was a lad of twelve >ears when his iiarents re- 
moved' to Jasper county. Blinois. and it was there that he grew into ma.ihood. 
Like his father, he was twice married, his first alliar.ce with Barbara lilucking- 
ham resulting in the binli of three children, of whom Harry S. is alone living. 
The death of his first wife occurred December 11, 1870. and later he married 
A'irginia Bridges, the date of this wedding being Xovember, 187 1. Si.\ chil- 
dren were born of tliis marriage. \\'alter, Charles, .\da, Joseijh. Xellie and 
Katie. The Latter died in infancy. l>ut all the rest are living in Jasper county. 

Harrv S. Wintcrrtnvd was lenderl} rearetl by his step-mother, and be 
holds her in high esteem. He was very ambitious even in the very early da\s 
of his bovhood. and after graduating from the high school in the home com- 
munity, spent rme vear in the Xebra-^ka University. When he had completed 
bis education he embarked on the profession of a school teacher. ser\ing ten 
years in that caincilx' in Illinois and six in Slielby county. He was ],rincipal of 
the I-dat Rock -school in the latter county for one vear. On December _'4. iSSg. 

:k s m.-iTiikv OF smku'.v co. 

he wedclecl S;ii-ali A. (K-;ml.ili. of I;;.;,,,,- c-nntv. JlliiiMis. His wiiV wns bnrn 
in Sullivan cunly. InMinna. .\ i.i. 1S71. and icocivd a sn,,d f<Iucati..n. 
havini^- lai'.^ht sch' ' il f.T iuw year. Mr. W intorrowd and wife arc tin.- parents 
of four cliildrcn. as nilJMW.: IV-rtlri ( 'lj;a. Imrn IXc-mlivr jj. iSgn. i,'radn;Ue 
of the hi.tih scImmI, .and a ^Ui.ieni -f l-'ranklin C-lle-c: l-Jlie May. l.'.rn July 
2\. iS<;;v .!;nidnate hi-h scluu,]; JMhn Tlmmas. hnvn January ;,i. iS^fN: Jc-^ei'l'i 
(iainhill l' ]-ehruary u. ]<;cr,. 

Mr. Winlern.wd is a nienihor df Kenton l.."l.qe. No. 207. Kni,t;hts nf 
Pvthi.-is, al Via Iv-ck. pa-l ehaneellMi- and aeiiw working nictnhcr of the 
C'ran.l T^rxlge: al^., pas. ndile orap.d, L.ewi- Creek l-odgc. Xo. 808. Inde- 
pendent Order -t Odd l-'ellMU-. ]k sides these orders he lielon-s to H.,pe Camp, 
37^6, Modern Wi - dnien of America. He is a mail carrier on rur;d route 
No. I. and was app'ointed to the piisition on recomnien.datiun of the lion. 
James E. Watson. He has been secretary of the Citizen-" Hiiilding .Xssdcia- 
tion for the last eight year.-;. In politics he is a Republican. 


Alth.ongh the earlier portion of his life was beset with innmnerable h.ard- 
shijjs and privatior.s. George Hildcbrand is spending his declining days in ease 
in Elat Rock, Shelljy county. He was born in Jackson townshij). May 11, 
1833. when the country thereabouts was in a wild and uncultivated comlition. 
What little education he got was pr.jcured in the subscription an.d free common 
schools of those early tinus, which he attended at ir.tervals until he was 
eiglueen years of age. part of the time paying own tuition. These scho.^l 
houses were constructed of unhewn logs. He was the son of James and Eliza- 
beth I'Wimer) Ilildebrar.d. both of whom were of German descent, and 
natives of Pennsylvania. They were married in that state in 1806. They re- 
moved to :\Iian:i'sbnrg. Ohio, remaining there until 183-?. when they took up 
their residence in Shelby county, the husband entering or.e hundred and eighty 
acres of timber land in Jackson towr.ship, for which he paid the small sum of 
one dollar and twenty-five cents jjer acre. He built a long cabin fo.r tiic 
family, cleared the jilace. arid lived there until his death. He served as a s.,)- 
dier in the armv during ib.e War of 1S12. returning to his family at the cm.- 
clusion thereof.' He died in 1843. and is buried in a little cemetery on tk.e 
farm. His wife survived him a raimber of years, dying in the fall of i8r,5. at 
the age of seventy-six. Both of them were members of the Lutheran cliu'ch. 
and very faithful' in their attendar.ce. There were thirteen children liorn to 
them, five of whom are living. George being the twell'th in the r.rder of birth. 

Georo-e remained with his mother until he was sixteeii years oi age. wlten 

784 ciiADw ick's iiiST(ii;v or SHi:i.i.v co., i\n. 

he began working for neighboring fanners by the month. lie wedded Ive- 
becca Foreman in Jackson township. Fcljrnarv 5. 1S55. She was ibc ilaughtcr 
of Daniel and Sarah (Woodard) Foreman and a native of \'irginia. There 
were three other children besides herself, she being the youngest. She came 
to Indiana with a halfdirr.ther in 1N40. When ^lr. lli'ldehrand married he 
leased a part of a I'arin in Jaclxai iM\Miship. and the cunple settled down np.m 
the place, remaining there f. .r >ix years, when thev transferred their be- 
longings to ai-.other farm in the immediate ntighborhoMd. Later they jim- 
chased fort}- acres of lan.d. disposing of it a few vears later, however. Mr. 
Hiklebrand had never lived a whole year onlside eif Jackson township in his 
life until he removed to Flat Kock in the adjoining township of W'asliingtnn. 
He made one trip tei California, but retm-ned in a few weeks, and bnilt the 
house in which, he now resides. 

He and bis wife cond.uct a hotel at Flat Rock, being assisted by their 
daughters. This couple have woi-kcd hard all of their lives, and are fully 
en.titled to the rest and peace that they now cnji'y in the sunset of their careers. 
Mr. Hiklebrand is nov,- seventy-six, and his wife scveiuy-four years of age. 
Both have good health., considering tlieir matm-e years. They are the iiarents 
of five children now li\ing, two having died in. infancy. Those living- are: 
Lncinda, Rachael, William, Minnie and Jane. The two who passed away in 
their babyhood were Mary and ^Martha. Lucinda is the widow of Ilem-y 
Hupp, deceased, and the of two children., Williatn Elworth and Ray: 
William Hiklebrand married Lena Peterson, and hv-es at Flat Rock, being 
t)ie father of one child, Frank, the latter also being married; Rachael, ^Minnie 
and Jane are all single and live with their parents, the latter being a teacher 
in the Flat Rock schools. 

Mr. Hildebrand is a Democrat, but ha; held but one office, being 
Supervisor of Roads, there being no .salary attached thereto at the time. His 
first vote was for Buchanan for President. He-and his wife have been mem- 
bers of the Methodist church for over a half centurv. 


Endowed with all tlie qualities that constitute the man who starts on the 
journey of life with a determination to attain the topmost goal is David Coinp- 
ton. probably one of the best known citizens of Shelby county. Despite his 
eighty-eight years he is more hale and hearty than many men much younger. 
He was born in Warren county, Ohio. December 23. 1820, but spent his boy- 
hood days in Jefferson county, that state, v.bere bis parents moved when he 
was quite young. He attended school in the winter, and studied the only 

ciiADwiCK s HisTOKV ov Siii-.i.i'.v CO.. ixiv j^;; 

branches of k-nniins' that wcic taiiL;lit at thai time, reridiui;-. si)elliii,i;. writiiii;- 
and arithmetic, lie was llie s, ,n ,,i JmI.ih and lihzabclli (Julick) (■(Miii)tnn, 
botli natives of Xew Jersey, w h.. witc ni.irried during tlie tiine of the War 
of 1812. 'I'liL-y renirived (Jhio \n .^liclb} ciuniy in iS.|(), pure'i.a-ir,!^- a 
farm in Jacksnn township, where they'.I mud their death, 'ilie t'ather 
was seventy-five _\cars ohl when he eNjiireu. .and the mother, wlio survived 
him. had reached the age of eiijluy wlun ilie !.i~t summons came. Both are 
buried in the ]i!n,£;-hsli cemrirry. in Jacksrsn township. Thev were 
the parents of si.x children, all of v.hom i;rew t' > the years of lu.aturitw l)a\id 
\vas the second cluld in the order of birth, and he is the oidy one of the familv 
now living. 

Mr. Coniplon was twenty-two years of age when he was married to 
Sarah Sucpp. of ?vlontgomer_\- county. ( )hio. the date of the wecliling being 
October 10. 1S42. She was the daughter of I.c.Mia.vd and M.ii-y ( \Varner) 
Sncpp. 'Jdiey were natives cif Ohio. After the fath.c'- died, the motbcr mar- 
ried a brother of her deceased husband, and they remo\cd to .Shelby county, 
living there for the remainder of th.eir lives, ^[v. Comjiton and his wife 
moved to Shelby county in October. 1843. arriving there with exactly i"our- 
teen dollars and ninety cents, although he had accptireil timber land in Jack- 
son township. He built a two-room brick dwelling, and also a sixty by forl_\- 
frame barn. They remained upon this place six or seven years, enduring 
many hardships. He finally sold the land for one hundred twelve dollar.s, 
and purchased the farm of two h.undred forty acres, which he now owns. It 
is equipped with all modern improvements. The bricks with which the house 
is constructed were made by h.imself. His wife died June iS. 1877, aged 
fifty years. They were the parents of twelve children, of whom eight grew 
to maturity. Those living are: John T., Leonard, Joanna, William E., Wal- 
ter D., and a twin brother, not named, and Frank. Those dead, are Elizabeth 
^lelinda. Maria [Matilda, h'lora and Erasmus Alon/.o. 

In April. 1S78. yir. Conipion was married a second time, his bride being 
Mary (]\Iount) Titus, widow of Robert Titus, deceased. She died August 
6, 1903. aged seventy-five years. No children were born of this union. After 
her death the widower made his home with his son. Frank, who lives on a 
farm in Jackson township, remaining there until Xovember y, 1904. when 
he wedded Charlotte (\\'oollcy) \"an (iordoii. widow of Alexander Wan Cor- 
don. She was born Xovemlier 6. 1845. in Hamilton county. Ohio.' Ijeing the 
daughter of George and Mary (Lawrence) Woolley. Her father was a na- 
tive of England, coming to this country wdien eight years old. 

Mr. Compton is a Repuljlican. and has held the oftice of Road Su]jcr\-is':ir 
for two terms. He has always taken an active part in county politics. He 
lacked only a fev,- weeks of being oj.l enough to vote for William Henr>- Har- 
rison. He has been a memIxT of the Lutheran church for the past thirty-five 



scrvin-- as Irustee for a number of years. His wife l)elu!i.i;> i. > ilu- Motb.- 
:1 '.inch? ami is verv much iniercslca in its attairs. Mr. C"..inpl,.n and 
fe liavc resided at Flat Rock ever since tlieir marriage, in \^jo.\. 

WUAA.W. CROi'lM-.R. 

Tlic subiect of thi^ :^ketch. one of the kn-o.i and most successud tarmers 
of Wa^liiroton township, and a citizen whose liigh standmg and pubhc .pn-il 
l,ave oaineVi fnr him wide acciuaintance throughout Shelby cmnty. ot whicli 
he i^ a native, was born in the township of Liberty, June 2^. .S(.o, ben- the 
older of u^o sons of Tohn and Emily i Smith) Cropper. J-hn Crupper 
.erved with a creditable "record during the Civil war. participated m a ntjmber 
of hard-foud,t battles, and at one time was captured by the enemy :md sen 
to Libl,v pri^, n. Richmond, \-irginia. where he suhered all the haruslnp^ and 
vici-^Mtudes which fell to the lot of ihuse whose misfortune ,t was to be east 
imo Uiat noted nlace of conhnement. In due time he was exc nn.ged shoith 
;^er whtch he turned to his home, l>ut did n. . long survive In. nnhtary and 
prison experience, dying within a few days. and_ leaving to '"'-'7: ';- '^^^ 
wHlow and two children, besides a large circle ot neighbors and tne.uU. uho 
had learned t, . appreciate his high standard of manhood and citizensnip. 

Robert the second son of ]ohn and Emily Cropper, is a well known le.i- 
dent of Shelbv county and one of the leading farmers ot the o^n.nmnny in 
hich he lives; Inheriting many of thesterling characteristics ^^^-^^^^^^ 
and kcepino- untarnished the honur ot the lannly to winch he bek^ng., he 
Zl ^ed veil his part in life. Sune time after the death ol John Croppei 
S: "dow married ^^•ilham Drake, by wh.m she became the luot =r o wo 
daughters. b..h of wh.m grew to womanhood, and still le.uie n. the> 

""' ''v^lhilii!' Cropper wa. a mere child when his father died and ab^ut seven 
vear'of ^ a^ t ime ..f his mother's second marriage. By reason ot us 
sen-i;es beii -. required at hmne he had little opportunity tor obtauuug an edu- 
: ;:ra;:d L soon as om enough he secured e-ploytuent as a arm haruk 

.k.h kind of ^^^^r^x^::::^^^ ^i^: h;:g-s:ri:u:e';™n;^a;;:;; 

-; tm^;rr;'^W^S:;;'wht; he camed on wi.i fair success until his 
^ ar^"e 1887, after which he rented a farn. in ^^•ashlng^on township, aiid 
^^lus attenion to agrictilture. He made rapid acU-Kement as a tanu. 
and stock raiser, and in due time became the possessor o ^f^,;^^^:^: 
to which he has since added until he n^w own. t^ur nmuhe n. ..^> .^- 
of fine land in VwashingU.n n.wndnp. tu winch he muNcu 111 . chin...). i.A> 


and Nvlrch i^ nmv con^cnativclv c.^iiniated U. be worth forly-ninc ihousarM 
dnllar. 'a .uni he would refuse fcv Uu- place were it otlered him. In connec- 
tion with general fanning, which he condnct^ -a, quite an extensne ^oale. M>. 
Cropper has devoted considerable attention to hve stock. niakniK a speuai. 
of hoW which he raises iu large nuuibers and iron, the <ale o. winch nuu-h 
of his wealth has been attained. As a farmer he easdy ranks among" die n o.t 
enterprising and successful in Shelby c ,t>„ty. l.eing a man of progressive ide.s 
and a close^ student of agricultural science: he is also an advocate ol substan- 
tial improvements and has not only beautified his oxmi place by ib.s means, 
but has also influenced his neighbors to do likewise. 

lu politics Mr. Cropper i. a Dem-.cra, and well postal on the questions 
of the dav. and outspoken uhen it becomes nece^^ary to ->-;-; ;'-^;;>^;;; 
ness of his opinions. His fraternal relations arc repiesented b t k Kn g U- 
of Pythias Order, into which he was initiated s.,me years ago. ho.dmg mem- 
bership with the Flat Rock lodge, and taking an active part m the work and 
deliberations of the same. -,, r- vr-,,-!, >n iSS- 

Sarah Cherrv. who became the ol Mr. Cropper ou Mauh _o. iN .. 
was born lune .8. iSO^. in Slulby county. Indiana, bemg ^'^'^ ;'^'^;^;»^-; ':' 
Fh Cherrv" whose birth occurred in Chio m the year 1833. Mi. and M,^. 

Cropper have ,wo daughter. Meryl and "^'"^ ^'•'^^;;;'^';- "'';;, ^^jj^^kd 
lulv -^ 1893. and August 24. 1900. respectively. Although n<. idci, 1. <1 
witlr i religious organisation, Mr. Cropper i> a regular -Jen ant o c 
Methodit Episcopal church to which his wile belongs, a "'"7'"; \ , ^^^ 
support of the society, ami an advocate o, all ^-^^^y ^''^^\^'.^'^ ^^U 
gjjd of his fellow nren. Il.s .uccess in the accumulation oi - - ^ 
Joods and the universal esteem in which he 1. held bears eloquent te.timon> 
to his standing and worth as a neighbor and citi/en. 

jACor. w. ciRTo: 

This enterprising farmer and respected citizen was born in My coun- 
tv. IiKhana. X.iemb^r .0. 186,. being a son of Adam and -^Ij!;- ^ -;- 
m^ny years esteeme.l resi.lents of Manon township. Jacol, ^m U.n he 1 
jecfs grandfather, was a native of Wgmia. but m -^'■1>\1> V ^^"^^'^i el 
kte to Butler county. Ohio, where he subsequently ";-'- ^^^^ ^^^ ; 
and about i8so moved to Shelby county. Indiana. he ^^'f'^\';\'''%'. 
^.bk couple were hve in number, namely : Adam. Lhnstopher, Amelia D - 
a;;;i;:iKl Phcebe, an of whom grew to -tunty. ami i^ared .am les o u 
own. Adam, the older of the two soits, nutrried Ada ine ;'^> ';;;:;, 
him children as follows: Flattie A., wile of Joseph M. k>dei. oi 

78S CIIADWICK's history of SirKl.TSV CO., IND. 

Susanna Ruie: Grace died in Calit'dinia : Mora Taniniio. wlm niarricil I.uncs 
D. Hawkins, and lives at Flat Rock: jac!, W.. of this review. an<l an iniap.t 
died unnamed. His mother ha\in,i:^' died when he w;is ei-liicen nuMiilis old. 
Jacob moved with his father to the farm in seclion ..'5, W.ashin.mon townshl)>. 
where he spent his earl)- life, and learned the les.Mms of industrv and thrift, 
which had such a marked iniluence on his subsequent career. ^Ia^ifesling• a 
taste for books and study lie made rapid progress in the district schools, later 
he obtained a knowledge of the higher branches in the 1 loi)e Xormal .sehook 
tlte thus received being' supplemented by a cour.-ve in the Central 
Normal College, at Danville, where his intellectual discipline was termin;ned. 
In the meantime he assisted with the wurk of the farm and until his tweniy- 
first j-ear remained with his jiarents. coiurihuting. like a dutiful .s..)n. \o their 
comfort and maintenance. His early in close touch with n;ilurc 
gave liim a ta-te lor rural life and. on severing home ties, he engaged in ag- 
riculture for himself and lias since deviUed his attention to the same with 
g-ratifying- results, owning the beautiful and highly improved farm of one 
hundred and fifty acres in Washington town-liip, or. which he Ii\es and rank- 
ing among the leading men vi his calling in the communil}'. iKiUored !>}■ his 
citizenship. 'The dwelling now occupied liy Mr. C.irtou and fan.iily and ki.'.:v.-n 
as the "Old Brick House" was eree-ted l.iy his grantlfather more than fifty 
years ago, and is still in a good state of preservation, being substantially con-, 
structed, and with its nine commodious rooms comparing favorably with the 
most comfortable and attractive rv.ral homcN in the county. 

Air. Girlon's domestic lit'e dates from ! )crember 24. 1890, at which lime 
he entered the marriage relation with Carrie bateley, whose birth occurred 
on the 14th day of July. 1869, in Washington township, the union being 
blessed with two clnldren. Fred O.. born June 17, iSo3. now a student of the 
Flat Rock high school, and Allen C. who fu^t saw the light of day on the 
23d of August, 1897. and who is also purMiing his studies uinler fax'oird.ile 
auspices. Air. Girton votes with the Democratic party, and takes an active 
interest in public affairs, being a member of the Township .\dvisory Board, 
on which he has served for a period of six years, discharging the duties of 
the position in an able and sati^faetory manner, and proving a capable and 
judicious custodian of the iiiiportanl trust reposed in him by his fellow citi- 
zens. He is a stockholder of the Flat Rock Telephone Company, vice-presi- 
dent of the Citizens' Building and Loan Association, of the same place, and 
has been for several }ears a member of the Xorristown Cemetery Association, 
of which he is now the chief executive official. Fraternally he belongs to the 
Patrons of Flusbandry and the Knights '<i I'ythias. in which he has passed 
all the chairs. Xearly all worthy enterprises for the bettering of the com- 
munity find in him an earnest advocate and liberal patron. In addition to 
general agriculture Air. Girton has achieved signal success in the raising of 

sina.r.v co., ixn. 

live stock, makiiii;- a specially of llu> justly fair.ed Cotswold sheep, and he is 
also a chicken fancier of more than local note, his i'lr.e W'yandoUes sivhig 
him a wide reputation amonir those whose tastes run in the direction of line 

domestic l.iipcd.^. 


An liMiinred reprcsenlaiive of one .a" the oMe^t famiHc; of Sliellw cnunty 
and a man wlio-e iniluencc has ever licen < n the side nf morality and rielu, 
the subject of this sketch stand.^ hi-h in the esteem of his fellow cnlzen^ ot 
\^an Euren township, and Ik is entitled to a conspicuons place among t!;. ^se 
who give character and stahility to the b-dy politic. Abel Bennett, the sub- 
ject's grandfather, was a native of Ireland and a man of more than ordmary 
energA- and enterprise. In company with a brother he came to the Lniied 
States manv vears ago. making his way west as far as Shelby county. Ind.iana. 
entered a tract of land in Hanover township which he improved and on w'ueh 
he reared his familv and sperit the remainder of his life. He marrievl .sh^.rtly 
after becoining a resident of this county, an.l in due time became the i:'rner 
of the following children: TliMmas. Ju'n.i. AbeK William, ^lary, lillen. Anr.a. 
Polly, and Abiam. ab of whr-m. with then- parent.-, are sleepmg the sleep 
that knows no waking. 

Thomas Bennett, father of the subject, was born <m the famdy lu.nK>ieau 
in Hanover township and spent his early life amid the stu'ruig scene.. a:td 
hard lab^r incident to the pioneer period. He married, when a young n.tan. 
Catherine Hickcnbotbam. and shortlv thereafter moved to Hancock county, 
where he made his home until bis death, his widow survivmg hmi a r.umber 
of years Of the six children born to this cotiple. the followmg are stiU m 
the'land of the living: Thr-mas B., Isaac J.. Robert and .Martha A. 

Thomas B. Bennett was born January 7. 1S48. and during his chddnnod 
and vouth experienced the u^ual vicissitudes which attend hie m a compara- 
tivelv new and sparselv settkd cuniry. At quite an early age he learned 
the meaning of hard work, his parents being in ordmary circumstances ana 
the farm which the family relied upon for a livelihood only partly cleared 
and the fields in anvthing'but an inviting condition. While still a y<mth he 
labored earlv and late in the woods felling trees ar,d fitting the soil for tdlage, 
also bearing his full share in the cultivating of the crops and douig a man s 
part of the work. During a part of the winter season he attended school n.i a 
log building of a primitive type, btit despite the disadvantages under winch 
he was placed, his advancement was commendable, and at tlie close .^.! ms 
educational experience be had mastered the common branches besides obiam- 
ing a fund of valuable information by a wide range of reading. Mr. Bennett 



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assistea in clearin- and (level. 'pin^ tue li< 'Uie Ian 

sponsibihlv fallint;- to him by re;.>.'n ui his latl 

uiUil beginning: hfe for himself lie remained :U 1 

looking- ^after her interests, providing for the comfort ot t)ie 

every wav proved himself a dmifvii son. At iheage ^^^ '■ " 

cred' liMm'e ties f.'r the purpose of making his own 

initial step in this important undertaking being his m 

emnized on the Jd day of July, 1871. with Margaret Co] _ 

Nicholas Copple. an estimable young lady who has been his raithim wile a.ul 

efficient cr,-laborer, during all his varied experiences from that time to the 


In his chnice ..f a vocation Mr. Bennett selected the ancient and h-niorable 
calling of husban.h-v. which he has followed with gratifying results, ownnig 
at this time a fine farm of one hun(h-ed and seven acres, in sections 16 and 17, 
\'an I'.uren township, occupying a conspiciunis place among the successtul 
agriculturists and stock raisers of the county. 

.Mr and Mrs. Bennett are the parents of cigln children, six of whom 
survive, namelv: Kd L. : Ira T. : Maggie, wife .4 Ziba Cpple; Lottie J., now 
Mrs. Abel flyers: Bre.l X. and Sarah I-:., the two youngest still members ot 
the home circle. . 

The private life of Mr. B.eniiett lias been exemplary and as a ncignl)or 
and citizen no man in the community is 111. .re highly esteemed. In his b.-yliood 
he decided not to become the of any of the evil and vicious habits_ lo 
which so manv voung people succumb, and he lias now the proud satisfaction 
in saving that he has never used intoxicants or tobacco m any torm. nor m- 
dulo-e'd in profanity. In brief, hi^ mind, as well as his body, has be-u kep. 
pure and he stands todav a notable instance of what hrm rc.-;.iluti..n can ac- 
complish, and an example emir,ently worthy of iniitatiou by those who^e 
chai-acters are yet in the formative period, and the trend ot wlr.^e lues ,s 
still to be determined. 


\ native of Shelby countv. Indiana, and in point ot continuous resu-ence 
one of its oldest citizens, the subject of this sketch has passed the seventy- 
fifth milestone on life's journey and. although retired, is numbered toaay 
among the enterprising and eminently honorable men of -he part ot the state 
with which he has been so long actively identihe<l. The Ilind> lamilx is ■.■i 
German origin, but has been represented in America since the Colonial pen...l. 
the first <jf\he name to emigrate to the country being the subjects gran..- 
father Mexander Hinrls. with his wife and two children, wh.o settled in Butler 

)t the 5ul>jcct. was liorn in ] 

Uuler county. ]\-nn- 

vhcn still a >""unq- man. Mar; 

'.■ Smith, wlic'-e ante- 

early sotllor,-, nf tiiai pai'l nf : 

die state. Di.^nosinjj 

,ania in i8iS. Michael Hind 

Is and wife niitrrated 

wliere lived until 1SJ5. 

when they niiived to 

what i> nnw .\iMi>Mn tnwush 

iji. where in dne time 

,rm and hecanie widely kn"\i 

in as an enieriiri^int:^ 

1. He tri.k an active and inl 

inential i)art in oju'n- 

igf its resuurces. He was a 11 

ue type cf the <lui-<iy 

cti.KnwicKs liiSTOKV OK siir.LBV CO., ixn. 7yr 

countw renn>\ !\ania. pviov tu the l\e\ol'Ui.iiian wai'. On tlie hreaking cut oi 

tliai stni--le Mr. Hlnd^ e^i-m^ed the c:.u~e nf the c..lMni^ts and ente-ied ilie 

ami}-, rendered \aliani sei'v ice until independeiiee was achieved, after which 

he return.ed 1. 1 hi> I'.utler cunty f.nin. where h.e spent the remainder of his 

clays in the iicaccful pursuits of agriculture, and died ;i nnmher of \cars :\'^l^ 

in Shelhy county at an advanced age. 
Miciiael Hinds, father 

sylvania, where he married. 

cedents were also anmiig tin 

of their interests in Pennsy 

to Franklin cuunly, Indian.i 

Shelhy county and settled ii 

Mr. Hinds cleared a go( kI 

man and praiseworth}- citiz( 

ing the countr)- and de\'eli ip 

pioneer of the early day. and his death, which occurred in the year 1S4 t. was 

greatly lamented by his friends and neighhors. 

His wife survived him until 1868. when she, U»<. pa-^>e(l aw:iy, ai'.d the two 
now lie side by side in the quiet shades of the centctery at Shelbyville. 
Michael and Mary Hinfls were the parer.ts of eight children, five of whom 
grew to maturity and became well settled in hie. the suljject of this review; 
being the voungest of the number and the only surviving member of the 

George \\'. Hinds was born February 25. 1 8^:54. on th.e family hnmc-iead 
in Addison township, spent his early life in close touch with nature, and wdiile 
still a mere lad, became familiar with the rugged duties of the farm. His edu- 
cational advantages were limited to a few months' attendance in winter seasons 
at a school in an old log building, but by diligently ap[)!yir.g him.-elf Ik- made 
commendable progress in the comnmn l;ranche^, so th;it when he started out 
to make his own way, at the age of fifteen, he had a fair knowledge of books 
with the abilitv to apply the same to practical afTairs in life. On leaving the 
parental r(jof young Hinds hired to a farmer for fifty ceuts per day, which 
sum was subsequently increased to seventy-five cents, ami in this way he la- 
bored and saved his earnings for three years, at the cxjiiration of which tin-.e he 
and his brother. James O. Hinds. i)urchased a small farm in partnership, to 
which thev moved their nn'thei'. who became their housckeci)er. Later they 
sold their respective shares in the place, and investing the proceeds in other 
land each went to himself, and in due time became the possessor of valuable 
real estate and earned rejiutatii.ns as enterprising and successful agriculturists. 
On Ajiril 25, iSOt. Mr. Hir.ds was united in marriage with Eliza 
Bassctt, who was born December 7, 1872, in Shelby ciainty, the daughter of 
.S^■lvester Bassctt, a well kncwn rc-irlenl uf Marion township, and one of the 



leading- fainii. 

■rs (if the cui: 

marriage Mr. 

and Mrv 11 


.riily in which he lived. Immediate!)- after their 
s set 111' their d.-nn-stic establishment ( m a farm 
and resMlntely facing the future, addres-cd themselves to tlieir re^i-eclive 
lah'irs. uiuil in due time they reaj) d the reward nf their indu-tr_\. thrift ar.d^ 
ecoiiui-i-iy in a Ijeautiful h"n-ie and a cmifdnalile cdn-ipeience. Mr. Hinds sunn 
becai-i-ie one of the leading- ag-riculturists of his township, which reputation he 
sustained as lung as he cunlinued active work oi-i the farm, and some idea of 
his success n-iay he obtained from the fact of his being at this time the o\\ 
of two hundred and five acres of as fine land as Shelby county can boast, the 
greater part under a high state of cultivation and cnnservatively valued at 
one hundred and twenty-five dollars per aci-e. On this Ijeautiful rural lim-iie- 
stead he lived and prosjiered until the year iS(j6. at which tii-i-ic he turned it 
over to other hands and moved to ^[orrist'jwn w-here he is now living a life 
of honorable retirement, being well situated t'> enjoy the fruits n{ his many 
years of successful toil. 

In addition to his career as ai-i enterprising ar.d progressive farmer. Mr. 
Hinds also lias a military record, of w-hich he feels de>er\edly proud, having 
been among the patriotic men wh(-> responded to the country's call during the 
dark days of the rebellion and rendered valiant service to the Govcrn.ment in 
the titiie' of need Enlisting in Company D, Tliirly-eigbth Indiana Infantry, in 
1864, he accompanied bis coinn-iand to the fnmt and served with ci-edit until 
the close of the war taking part in the battle of Xashville, besides experienc- 
ing other active duty, althr.agli suffering much from impaired health during- 
the greater part of his army experience, on accunt of which he ts now the 
recipient of a liberal pensii .n. 

Mr. Hinds is a Republican in pnhtic^; and cast hi^ fir>t presi.lential ballot 
in 1856 for John C. Fremont, since which time he has lieer, pronounced in his 
allegiance to his party, though by no means a partisan or seeker after the 
honors or emolument's of office. It will tlms be seen that he is a charter 
mei-i-iber of the party in whose principles he believes and to whose support he 
has dev.Med s. > many years, being w-ell posted on the leading questions and 
issues of the day and fully abreast of the times on all i-i-iatters of public import. 
Religiouslv the'Methodist Episcopal church holds his creed, and for a numl.c.- 
of years he has been a sincere and devoted men-iber of this body witli bis wife, 
belonging to the church at Morristown, and contributing liberally oi bis 
means to its support, besides donating freely to other charitable ar.d humani- 
tarian enterprises. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hinds have a c .mn-iodious and comfortable modern home 
on Washing-ton street, Morristown. They are the parents of eight chillren. 
w-b.o^e names and dates of biirti-i are as follows: Melvin, April 20. i852: 
Francis, Septenil)er i :;, 1864: Willie. November 30, i8r,r,: Leonard. July 2 
1868: Jessie, Decem1;er 2;. 1870: .S>lvester W. May 27. 1872; James, June 

ciiadwick's histukv ok suKi.r.v CO., iM). 793 

2S, 1874. and Mary, \vhn wa.-> .m tlu- )4lh i!ay of March, iSSo. IV'atli 
has liccn a uinvclcunie iiUrmlcr iiin.n ihc hninc from tinu- t" time and car.-cd 
several hreaks in die family eiiele, Willie. Leonard and James l.cin,- de- 
ceased. William W. Hinds, liroiliL'V of o;ir snhjeet, who never married, lived 
with Geor.L^e W. Hinds for alioiit ihirix years. 

iterprising nn 

n of 

ana. jniy y. i 


loUey. whose I 


TllOM.XS 11. Wc:)OLLF.Y. 

Conspicuous anions" the inei; who have eontrihuted to the material prog- 
ress of Washington tov/n.-lnp and added cliaracier and stability to the social 
and moral life of the community is t'le gentleman wh.ose career is hrielly 
sketched in the following lines. 

Thiimas 11. Woolley, a successful agriculturist and enti 
afl'airs. was h. a n in the villa,ge of Fiat Rock, Shelby, Ind 
and is the se>n of William Flenry and Amanda (Drake) W^ 
lies were the early settlers of what is now Wa>hingtoa towaiship. 
Thomas Woolley. the subjecl"s grandfather, was lioin in the month of :\I;irch, 
1704, in England, but in 1805, wdien nine years old. w;is brouglit to .\mciica 
bv his parents, wdio settled in Cincinnati, later mo\ing t'> Slielliy counix. In- 
diana. On ^lav 21. 1818, Thomas Woolley married :\lary P.. Craven, who 
bore him chiKlren as tV.llows: William Henry, Charl..ltc, [Mary, Elizabeth, 
James, Louise. Charles. Martha A. and Jane, the majority of whom grew to 
mature age and reared families of their own. After the deatli of the mother 
of the above named children. y\r. Woolley married on May 31, 1S49. Catb.- 
erine W'ilcie, wdiom he also outlived, the latter union being without issue. 
Thomas Woolley came to Shelby cr.nnty piior to the year 1818 and entered, 
land in Washington township, to which he added from lime to time, until lie 
became one of the largest real estate owners in this part of the counlr} . He 
platted the village of Flat Rock, which was first called Woolley Station, and 
was the first business man 01 the place, F"or a numlier of years he kci.t a 
general store and did a thriving trade, in connection with which he aLo irar- 
chased hogs on quite an extensive .=ca1e, which he drove to Cincinnati, the 
nearest market place. He was enterprisir^g and pr'jgressive. took the lead in 
developing the resources of the part of the country in which he settled and in 
due time accumulated a large fortune in land and other propertv and became 
one of the prominent men of the county. .\ MellvM-lisi in religion he con- 
tributed liberally to his own and other churches. as<i-ted in promoting all en- 
terprises for the advancement of the community and the welfare of his fellov.- 
citizens and at the time of his death, enjoyed the honor of being the olde=t 
Mason in the state of Indiana. He departed this life July 30, 1S73, in Indian- 
apolis, where he had been living for some lime with hi- ilaughter. Mrs. Free. 

794 CHAliWlCKS IlISruKV OV SIll'l.l'.V CO., IM> 

\Mlliani II. \\\..olk-y. ihc miImc-ci's uitlicr, was horn in Wa 

-hiuglon lowu- 

sliip. Slielliy cinii.l). .\pril J5. iSk), niul Ri'cw \.o nia(urily anii 

■n;;- the stirririt;- 

scenes df pioneer limes. In tlie year i8-|o lie married .Nm.-iml: 

1 i)rake. who.s- 

people were als.. amonnr the earl)- sealers of Sliell.y ctumty. I,; 

It after a. brief 

but mutually liajipy experience of three \ ears' wciMei! life. Mi 

r. Wo.. Hey va.s 

called from earthl_\- seer.e<, dyin- .m the joth d.ay of Au.>;u>t, 

184^^. when his 

son. Thonris II.. \va< an infant. Mr-. Woolley s;hse(iueiitly 

remarried and 

went to Illinois to li\e. where the ^uhieet remained until lu 

1 \ear- .if .as^e. 

during- which time he \\a^ unaltle to attend -chowl ..r recii\ 

e'any kind'.,! 

mental training whatever. Keturniiig to Shelby county at the expiration of 
the period indicated, he entered the h.nne of his grandfather, with whon: be 
lived until the breaking out of the Civil war, when he respoi'.ded to the Presi- 
dent's call for volunteers by enlisting in Augu-l. i.'^'Oi, in Company D. Thiriv- 
tbird Regiment. Indiana Infantry, which was mustered in at Indianapolis and 
wliicb saw its first active ser\'ice in Kentucky. Mr. W'oollev was first under 
fire at Wild Cat, that state, and later he accompanied bis command through its 
varitd experiences of cam[)aign and Ixittle. until the cajuure of the regiment 
at Franklin, Tennessee, he with a few of h:is comrades being f. )nunate enough 
to escape falling int.;. the hamls of the enemy. .Slu.rtlv after thi> lie wa.s as- 
signed to duty in the heavy artillery, with which he served until the exchange 
of his regiment one year later, when be rejoined company and continued 
with the same until honorably discharged on the igtii dux of September, iSr.4. 
'Sir. Woolley's three years of military service were filled to rejiletion with dulv 
faithfully and uncomplainingly performed, and he retired from the arm\- with 
a record of which any soldier might feel proud. Among tlie more active 
scenes in which he participated was the Atlanta campaign and the several 
bloody battles which preceded the fall of that noted Confederate stronghold, 
in adflition to which, he alsi:i took part in main- other engagements, to sa}- noth- 
ing of the long marches and \'aritd experiences w hicb test the soldier's endur- 
ance and worth fully as inuch as meeting the enemy on the field of C(jnfiicl. 
He passed through bis period of ser\icc without receiving a wound or spend- 
ing a day in the hospital, in fact, he has never been sick enough, in the army 
or at home, to warrant medical treatment, and thus far in life, no phys-'cians 
have ever been able to number him among their patients. Keturning to Shelby 
county, after recei\-ing bis discharge. ]Mr. \\'oolley remained a year with his 
grandfather, but feeling the need of an education, he entered Hartsville Col- 
lege at the end of that time, and, during the nine months ensuing, applied him- 
self very cL >sely to bis studies. Pie learned to write a fair hand while in the 
service, besides making some progress in other branches, and appreciating the 
value of time, he let no moment go to waste after becoming a student, with 
tlic result that his advancement was rapid, and on leaving the alxive institu- 
tir.n. he was far ahead of many who \vere blessed with opp. .rtunities he r.ever 


dreamed of possessing. Selecting agricuhure for liis life work. Mr. W'ouiley 
applied himself diligently to the same, and in the course ..f a few years was in 
good circumstances with encouraging |)niS])ects fur future succe->. \\'ith"\.ii 
following in detail his series of advancement in material things. suiVice it lo 
Slate tiiat his isrogress has been ciMnmend:d;le, being at this lime the owner of 
seven hundred an<l sixty acres of fuie land in Washirigimi tnwnship. worth one 
hundred dollars i>er ;irre. besides valuable personal pn.jierly. which runs his 
fortune to considerably in excess I'f seventy-six th-iusaud dolhir.s. .-plendid 
showing, indeed, for or.e v.lm be-an liir with a capital ..i cnly lifkvn bur.dred 
dollars, left to him by his grandfather. 

Mr. W.H'lley is a Keiuiblican in p.iHtics. nniwilh.-ianding whidi he was 
three times clecie 1 Tru-tec in a t^'wuship stningly Dem. 'cralic, and s.. al)ly and 
faithfully did he serve his conslilueiits that he nuw cuuld have any oflice 
within tlieir power to bestow. During his incuml>enc\', \\ a.--liington had the 
lowest levy of any township in the onuily. and wh.en he r<nired from oi'tke 
all public improvcmems were in fir^t class order and e\ery d. .liar of indebted- 
ness paid. 

Mr. W'ooUey was married March 15, 1874. u, Mrs. Nettie Cocliran (nee 
Chambers), widow of the late Benjamin Cochran, <.l Washington township, 
by whom she liad one son. Wilson C'.chran. now a well known resident of 
She]l;v Count V. ]\Ir. and Mrs. Woolley are highly esteemed and ha\e many 
friends wherever they are known. Their place of residence, a cjuarter oi a 
mile east of ]-dat Rock, is one of the most beautiful and attractive rural h.>mes 
in Shelby county, the dwelling being a fine brick edifice, with all the modern 
improvements and conveniences, nothing having been spared to make it aiiswer 
the purposes for which intended and to gratify the refined tastes of the occu- 
pants. Mr. Woolle}- has been identified with various pulilic enterprises from 
time to time, the only one with which he is now connected lieing the Mat Iv ck 
Telephone Company, of w hich he is treasurer and a heavy stockholder. 


O. O. Frazier. one of the leading Inisiress men of :\b)riistown and a 
public spirited citizen of high standii^g and wide intluencc. w;is born in Chatn- 
paign county. Illinois, in the year 1S64. lieing the second of five children wlio 
constitute the family of E. L. and Jennie Frazier. natives of Kentucky. His 
father being a minister, whose work required frec|ucnt remrnals. the early life 
of the suliject was spent in different cities and towns, in the public schools of 
wdiich he received his ed.ucational discijiline. Discontinuing his studies m 
the high school when eighteen years of age, he took up the tinner's trade m 

79'J cuADW'icK s iiiSTciKV ov sni;i.i'.v (■(!., ixn. 

his nati\e state, and after aa|uirin,L; clTieiency as a nieclinnic a'.id wnrkinn; fm" 
a limited period in Chamiiaign ei'uuty. went west, but at tlie end mI one year 
returned, and going- to Keikimio, Indiana, entered llie employ of Armstrong. 
Landon & Company, with whom he finished his trade. Leaving the latter 
city, yonng Frazier went to I'ifi-iliurg. rennsylvania, where he seemed re- 
munerative emplo_\"ment. Init snlxeiiuently went from that plaee to I'.rie, in the 
same state, where he was engaged in his chosen calling until relnrning to 
Indiana and taking service with Peter Pnrcell, oi Indianajiolis. in whose em- 
ploy he continued for a period of two }ears. 

Mr. Frazier not only became a skilled artisan, Init acqnircd a thorough 
knowledge of the tin and hardware Inisiness. and for five years represented a 
large sto\e house of Indianapolis, spending the greater part of that time i\i 
Illinois as a traveling salesman. Resigning his position in 1894, he came to 
Morristown and bought the tin shop which he has since operated, the stock at 
the time of purchase representing a capital of only one hundred and fifty 
dollars, but since then he has enlarged the business and so extendetl its in- 
fluence until he carries stock to the amouiU of two thousand dollars, besides 
owning the building, this latter with the lieautiful Ivune which he al-o owns, 
bringing his property in the tc^vn up to the handsome ligure of al/nit f. .m- 
thousand five hundred dollars. 

Bv .strict attention and good maiiagement, Mr. Frazier has built up. a 
large and lucrative patronage and. as already stated, his estal>!is!iment i> now 
the best known and most successful of the kind in Morristown. In addition 
to a thoroughly equipped shop in which all kinds of tin work is done with 
neatness and dispatch, he carries a full line of everything in the v/ay of house 
furnishings. His early experience was by no means encouraging, and for 
several years he encountered many ol:stacles. but by close application and an 
earnest desire to please his customers l;y first-class work, he gradually sur- 
mounted his difficulties and in due time found himself on the high road to 
prosperity. Adding to his stock as necessity required, and extending the 
scope of his operations, his busir.ess grew in magnitude and importance until. 
as stated in the preceding paragraph, his cstablishmcr.t touk precedence over 
anv other of the kind in tl.e town, which staufling it still maintains with en- 
couraging prospects of still larger and more satisfactory advancement in years 
lo crime. 

Mr. I'^razier is a married man and the father of two sons. F. L. and 
Roliert M., aged five and two vcars. respectively. The wife and mother, who, 
before her marriage, was Bertha \^'olfe, was reared in Morristown. of which. 
her father, Warren Wolfe, was long a well known and prominent citizen. In 
his political views Mr. Frazier is a Prohibitionist and well ver-^ed in the 
history of all parties. Tie is active in Masonic circles. Iiolding member-hip 
with Morristown Lodge, Xo. 193, Rushville Chapter, No. 24. Royal Arch 


^.lason?, mill Council X^. 41. in all of wliicli hranclic? he ha? been lionorctl 
from time t^ time with p. 'siti.ins (^'\ responsibility and tni>t. Rearei! under 
the intkienee of pious ])arents. lie early accepted their reli,<;ious belief, and for 
a numiier of vears has been an earnest and respected member oi the Chri-iian 
church, being at this time a trustee of the ^b1rristo\vn congregation and a 
leading worker in the Sunday >ch. ">I. In all of his niaii .ns with hi> fellow 
men, Mr. I'razier has been gMverned l)y the highest jirinciples of ethics. 

D. .A. PET'ri(iRb:w, M. n. 

Sheer perseverance and energy, coupled with a determin-Umn to sur- 
mount all nVistp.cles, are the attributes that have largely contributcrl to the suc- 
cess of Dr. D. A. Pettigrew as a medical practitioner. In the days of his 
bovhood the opportunities to secure an educ;ition were limited, but notwith- 
standing this fact he attained niaiih..o(rs estate well equiiiped for the Ijattle of 
life. Doctor Pettigrew wa^ born in J^ecatur county, Indiana. March !, 1851, 
being the second of a family of seven child.rcn. He is the son of Samuel and 
HenHetta ( McClcerv) Pettigrew. His father was a native of Rockbridge 
county, A'irgir.ia. and canu' to Indiana when still a boy. He became a physi- 
cian, and ijracticed mclicine during man_\ 

)f his life time in Dc 

r county unl 

iil 1S70, wdien they moved to Kan-^as, 

u state, th.e 

father in 189!^. at the age of seventy- 

\C)Ci\ . in hci 

• seventieth year. Both are buried at 

countv, Indiana. The mother of Doctor Pettigrew was br.rn in Decatur county. 

and resided there with her jiarents until her marriage-. The parents ofJ3octov 

Pettigrew lived in Decatur 

both of them dying in tl 

three, and the mother in 


Doctor Pettigrew was married to Matilda Schaefer, October 2. i875._ at 
Hope, Indian.a. She w;>s born July 20. 18:6. in Bartholomew county, being 
the daughter of Herman and Enie-iinc 1 Beck-tadtl Schaefer, both natives 
of Germmiv, and coming t.. tlie United States in 1854. Her father conducted 
a mercantile business and was also interested in farming. lie and his wife 
spent most of their married lives in Bartholomew county. Iiotli of them dying 
there, she in 1876. and her husband, February 27. 1898. They were the 
parents of nine children, four boys and five girls, all of whom reached th.e 
years of maturitv and are now livir.g. 

Immediatelv ujion the marriage of Doctor Pettigrew he settled at Mat 
Rock Indiana, and has lived there ever since with the exception of four years, 
when'he lived at I^amar. Missouri. Doctor Pettigrew has been very successiul 
in his career as a phvsiciaii. b'Otli professionally and financially. He has a very 
large practice, and has invested with profit in real estate in various sections .,1 

jrgS ciiAi)\virK'< }i!svcii;v of suki.i'.v CO.. ixn. 

Indiana. The couple are the parents of six children, ihree boys and ihree s'l''^. 
and all ol ihem are living, the order of iheir binh being ns follows: Charles 
D.. physician and speciali'si ai Terre Haute. Indiana: .\nielia 1'.. wife of Frank 
Siiei)p'. of Xew Albany. Indiana: Albert, a large cattle breeder of Wo-tn.n. 
Coloi-ado: ]-:ila, Hcn.ian and l]er,rictt:i. all single, and re-idnig with their 

Doctor Pcitigrew is a member of tb.e Masonic Lodge <at Xorri<town. 
an.d the Knights of rvthii'S at l-'l:ii Kock. lie was at rnie time a membu- ..f 
the Red .Men and Ancient On'rr United Workmen, but some time since 
dropiied out of them, lie is a l\-m.>rrat. but h.a^ never been unusually active 
in politics. The members of hi> liunily belong to the Christian church at 
Flat Rock. 

When Doctor Peltigrew grad.uated from the Indiana Medical Lollogv. 
?^[arch 28. 1S73. his packets were empty, but lie cntere.l up. 'U hie with a >t.>ui 
heart, and a detennin.ation to succeed. In the earlier days ci his iirolc^-^ioiKd 
career his visits to his parents were made on horseback, with the timedionorerl 
saddlebags acr.^ss the saddle. In those days there were no specialists, and 
Doctor Pettigrew was called upon to heal a grea' varivty of diseases. I'or 
thirty year- he has practiced in Shelby county, an.l the people of the com- 
munity are ..f a unit in declaring him to be in the topmost rank of his pro- 


Among the cntcr].rising men of ^lorri^t-wn is Thomas C. Wrenick. a 
native of Indiana, and pmud of the fact that he first .aw the light otday m 
the county of which he has b.eii a lifedong resident and with winch his pres- 

ent interests are 

itallv as-iciatc( 

He was horn Mai 

1839 in Hanover township. Slielbv county, being the son oi W dham P. W ren- 
ick'whr, left his native state of Kentnckv when a lioy and. alter spendmg 
some time in Indianapolis, linally settled near Proad Ripple, ney the capita 
city Later he was engaged in agriculture in th.e c-unties ot Plamilton and 
Shelby removed from the latter to White county, but after a bner residence 
there 'returned to Shelbv. where he made his home until migrating to Iowa. 
Becoming dissatisfied with conditions in that state he finally returned to t be 
county oi Shelby, where he spent the remainder of his hte. .lying about the 
year tSr-G Widiam P. Wrenick was a man of energy and dctermmati. .n. a. 
Republican in politics an<l a sin.cere Christian, belonging in early^ hie t. 
Methodist Protestant church and later to the Ch.urch ot the Discipies. O 
family of eight cb.iblren. but thn e are living, namely: W ilhani A a veteran 
of the Civil war: Thomas C. of this review, and G. 1. ^\ renick. all repntahie 
citizens and highly esteemed in their respective place-, 01 re<!d.:nce. 



The c 


life of Tin .111: 

learned, w 

ililJ s 

till a mere lai 

wliich ha.l 


a marked iiil 

the i"i,cht ( 


. .11. In such 

illSTliKV OV SllKIJiV CO., ].\l). 71)9 

Kt-^ (". W'reniek was s]H-nt mi a farm, where he 
d. the lessons of indnstry and consecutive clYori. 
illueiice in shapin.c his future course of aciioii in 
•IidmIs as ilic country alY.irded he dhtaiiud the 
rud;imems of an. education wliicli. -niiplenicnt .'d hy much re;;diii-- in after 
years and the kiiMwlcdge which c lues fnnii miniiihnii- with the wurUl. made 
him. in due time, a widely informed and practically educated man. In 1S62 
he chose a wife and helpnr,-ct in the (lersoii of Lytlia K. Wolf, dauivhter of 
John Wolf, and a niece "i Dr. J C. \\"i>lf. the latter for m.'iny yc;;is an emi- 
nent physician wf .Morrist. \vn and one of ."^lielhy o 'unty's roi)re<cntati\c citi- 
zens and puhlic ofticials. Mrs. Wrenick wa> h. mi in Hancock county. Indiana, 
received hei' early education in the iniblic >cho<jls. and later was i<<v .;ome 
years a student of Earlliam College. 

During- the five years f. ill, ,\\ inj;- hi- ni-uriaQc. Mr. Wrenick devoted his 
attention ti> agriculture, hut at tlie expiratinn of that time he discontimied till- 
ing the soil and in 1S70 engaged in the drug Inisiness at Morristown in partner- 
ship v,-it!i brotiier, George, wh.ose interest he purchased at the end of one 
year, and became sole projjrietor. By close attention to business, and alway.s 
treating hi- cu-ti>niers with ci.urte=y and c. .11-ideraliun. he -^o^.n succeeded in 
building up a large and lucrative trad.e ami for many years his establislimcnt 
was the largest of the kind in tlie town as well a;- the best patronized. Mr. 
Wrenick's commercial experiences, which extended nver a period of thirty- 
eight vears. was eininently .satisfactory protessi. mrdly and highly successful 
financiallv. as is indicated by the ami)Ie fortune with which he retired from 
business in 1908. being then as now mie of the well-to-do men. of the town, 
as well as one of its leading citizens. Aside from the interests mentioned he 
dealt in agricultural implements for a number of years, and did an extensive 
business, being the fir-t man to introduce the Oliver Chilled plow into Siielby 
countv. which he continued to handle f"r thirty-six years, during which time 
he disposed of many th.dusand r.nd earned the reputation of a very skillful 
salesman. He was agent for the Hamilton cultivators for the same period 
and met with c(|ual success in their sale a:^ well as in the sale of various otlier 
implemen.ts and machinery. He has always taken an active interest in agri- 
culture and all societies and means for its promotion. 

In the management <if his alTairs Mr. Wrenick has always been governed 
bv correct principles and liMUMrable m. .lives, while his mature judgment ami 
w'isc discretion have enabled him to fore-ee with remarkable accuracy the fu- 
ture outcome of present aciii-n. with the result that his business efforts in the 
main have been successful and. as already stated, he occupies today a place 
among the influential men of the cc>mmunity. In addition to valuable city ];rop- 
ertv. fr.cluding a fine, molcni dwelling, the busine-< 1)1. ck he formerly occu- 
pied, and the opera hall, he owns considerable real estate in the country, a part 



of wliich is a well cultivated fafin of ei-!ily aeies. from whicli lie .icrives no 
inccnsideralile p mion of his iiici'iiic. 

Mr. Wrenick is a Democrat, lait aside from excrcisiiii; liie dmios which 
dcvoh-e 111)011 all .t;-0(nl citizens, lie no longer lakes :iu active part in ]Vi!itics. 
though formerly he was lor lifteen years one of his pariv"s lea.deis, and i^.r 
fifteen years a member of the County Central Committee. He is a menilicr 
of the r^Iasonic Fraternity, and. though not connected with any church or 
religious organi.-'.ation. he is a frequent attcndar.t and liberal contributor to 
the :\Iethndist Kpiseoiml clnn-ch. to which his wife belongs and in which she 
is an earnest worker. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wrenick have had six children, two of wh<)m are deceased, 
those living- being daughters and all married. Elma, the oldest of the faniilv, 
has been married three times, first tn Mr. Ledlow. after whose d.eatii she be- 
came the wife of James M. Tyner. After a second widowhood, she entered the 
marriage relaiirm with Xatlrm i'oriLr. her pre-^Mil lui-band. Her daughter. 
Fannie Ledlow. is now the wife of Ilugli Holder, of Wisconsin. Fannie, the 
second daughter, who is deceased, was the wife of L. A. McDonald. Cer- 
trude married W. H. Phillipi. and li\'es in .Morristown. Cora, now Mrs. V. 
E. Stonebraker. resides in Memphis. Tennessee, has one child, l")onrdd F., 
who attends school at Memphis: and Earl, who married Ji.iseiih Zike, makes 
her h'lme in ^[orristown. 

Mr. Wrcnick provided his children witli excellent educational adva'.ilages 
and S|.>;'.rcd no i:ains nor expense in their training. .MI were graduate-^ from 
the high school at ]\Ifirristo\\n. and Gertrude, now ^Mrs. Pliillipi, was for se\'- 
eral years one of the county's most successful and pojiular teacliers. 


Alexander I. McLane was born in County Derry, Ireland. October 13. 
iSy. His parents, with twi^ sons and one daughter, came to America in 
I S3 1 and settled in Shelby\ille, Indiana. A tiiird son. Thomas, had preceded 
them in 1S44. Alexander I. }iIcLane was the youngest of live children, all 
of whom are now dead. lie was educatdl in Ireland. In the .summer of 
I S3 1 he began learning the carpenter's trade, in which he attained consider- 
able success. Later he studied architecture and became an expert in stair- 
buikling. In 1S66 he returned to Ireland to marry his first wife. Miss Mary 
Ann Given. Only one child was born of union. Annie I. Mrs. McLane 
died April 26. 1S70. Six years later Mr. rvIcLane was n.iarried to Miss .\n- 
geline F. Linton, of Bucvru^. Ohio, by whom he had six children. Gertrude. 
James. Bertha, Robert, William and Arthur. Gertrude and Bertha are teachers 












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CUADWICK S HISTOKV 01" Slllil.liV CO., IMl. iV'o I 

ii! the ciiy sch.."Is of Shclhyvillc : R,.l.cit aii.l William aiv skilled mechanics : 
Anhur is a >ui.lcm at Indiana University. James died when eleven vcirs of 
ai;e. The .Mcl.ancs are of .scotch nrisin and have been i're.shvterians f,,r 
many j^eneratii 'n<. 

Annie J. nnly dan-liter of her father's first marria.-^e. was ,,n'v 
tliree years of age when deprived <'f a m.>ther"s lo\c and care. I'.y her 
mother's rc(|uest sh.e was taken charge <<{ hy a relative. Rev. lames I'. Irvine, 
of Newark, Ohio, with wh. .ni she lived nntil his deatii.'e years later his 
widow and daughter moved i^ Zanoville. Ohio, Miss Annie I. McLane accom- 
panying tliem to their new home. Slic rc.-ided at Zanesville fr.>in her eleventh 
to her fourteenth, year, when she returne<l lo her father's h.^ne. at Shelhvville. 
where she attended scho,.] until she vras nine;een veai's ..Id. wlien ^he ret'urne.l 
to her former home at Zanesville. Ohio, where she remained until igo;. 
Meantime her father had died and it wa.s necessary for her to take charge 
of tiie estate which had been left t.. her. Presides her school attendance while 
in Newark. Zanesville and Siielhyville. -he had also taken a c.iur<e of -h. .rt- 
hand and typewriting at the Zane.~\ille Ihisiness College. Vvhere she was grad- 
uated in tlie.-e important branches. She had also acquired snine.e\])erience as 
a teacher by two years" educational work in the schools of Muskingum ci.unly. 
Ohio. In her final return to Shellj\\ ille she soon saw tiie advantages of a 
business education, as it came into play at almost every turn, especiallv in the 
platting- of her new addition to th.e city, c.;>n-i-ting of llfty-eigln L.t-. kn'.wn as 
"Riverside." Miss ]\IcLane, with the aid of her relative. Miss Annie M. Ir- 
vine, who now makes her home with her. suiierintendcd the iiuildiug ami sale 
of tlie houses, her lawyer being called .jn only to make out deeds and do other 
routine legal wurk. Resides ■'Ri\'cr.-ide" Miss Mcl.r.r.e ami Miss Irvine to- 
gx-ther have bought an ad.lilior. called "Washingtou Rark." ci^.n-isting of 
some twenty-one lots, which adjoin "Riverside," and are to be di>posed of 
after the first allotments have all been sold. 

Miss McLane's residen.ce is picturestpiely situated on a hill fronting East 
Broadway and the Jeffers. .nville. ?^ladison c\; Indianapoli,- Railroad. The 
grounds contain several acres and are filled with a variety of fruit trees an.l 

HARRY M. ro(;i:rs. 

A hardware merchant and of the representative business men of Mor- 
ristown is Harry M. Rogers, a native of Shelby count}-, Indiana, born in 
Hanover township on the 8th day of October, 1863. Thornton Rogers, 
father, a ^'irginian In- birth, came to Shelby county at an early flate and set- 
tled on a farm a fevc miles west of Shelbyville. He was a blacksmith by trade. 

S02 CJI.\I)\VH.k"s JIISTOKV 01- SllKLUV CO.. IND. 

In 18(14 l"^' Vein. 'Vi'd \<< ilic lownshi]) .'i' Hanover. wIktc Ik- i)UivliaseMi a farm 
anil cn^qa.i^cci in aj;iicnhur;il ]uir-uit>. lie was >tu'n.ssrul in his cliii>cn vcna- 
lion. a sulisiantial and praiseworthy citizen ami an earne-l and sincere Chris- 
tian, contribuiing- liberally 10 the .\lellio(li>i K[)isco]ial chnrch. to ulneli he 
belong-ed, and servins.;- a of years as irnstce of the 01 -animation. i.;iter 
he left the farm and moved to Morri-Mown, where he >nem the la-l fifteen 
vears of his life in lionorable and restful relifement. dyini;- in i8Sj. j-'lizabeth 
Wilson, wii'e of Tliornton Rogers, was horn in Shelby county. Her parents 
settled here in an early day and died a number of years ago when she was quite 
Toung. She survived her husband ten years, being called from earth in iSoj. 
and the two now sleep side by side awaiting the resurrectiou ,<\ tiie ju-t. Of 
the large family of nine chiMrcn born to this excellent couple. Mrs. Lucy 
Tones, of Indianapolis, and Harry M.. of this review, only are living. In 
common with the majority of country boys, Harry M. Rogers was reared 
to farm labor, and in th.e district schools which he attended in winter months 
during liis minority he ac(|uircd a fair knowledge of the common branches. 
While still a youtli he began earning bis own livelihood as a farm hand at 
fifty cents per day. and he was thus engaged until twenty-one years of age. 
when he turned his attention to other and far different lines of effort. Shortly 
after attaining his majority he was appointed by President Harrison as post- 
master of }>Iorristown. being one of the youngest men in the state to be thus 
honored. Despite his age. however, be proved a cajiable and thopjugbly 
reliable official, and the four years during which he had cl.arge of the office 
he made a record comparing with that of any of his predecessors. The posi- 
tion came to him in recognition of valuable ijolitical services as well as Ijy 
reason of his fitness for the place, as he early became ati active and influential 
worker for the Republican party and a wise and judicious adviser in its 

In tlie vear 18(^4 Mr. Rogers engaged in the hardware trade an-l in due 
time built up a lucrative business, which continued to grow in magnitude and 
importance until his establishment became the largest of the kind in Morn^-town 
as well as the most liberally patronized. His financial Mtccess has been coni- 
m.ensurate with the energy and ability displayed in his business affairs, and in 
addition to the large store of which be is the proprietor, he is interested m 
various other enterprises, being a stockholder in the I'nion State I'.ank and 
a director for the same since the death of H. B. Cole, wbo.n he succeeded on 
the board: he also owns a half interest in the building in which he carries his 
large stock of hardware and the beautiful modern residence which he and bis 
family occupy is included among his several possessions in Morristown. 

Mr. Rogers, in the vear 1804. entered the marriage relation with }^Iane 
■M. Brvan, daughter of C. K. Bryan, of ShelbyviUe, and a gra.luate^of the 
high school of that city, a union blessed with two children, Rawrence C. b.-rn 


-May 12. i8()3. avA ]i,>Wn T.. wli.. Uv>\ <:o.y the li-lii .'i (l:.y Jiiiu' n. iS,;'<. 
bull) iii-h scli..,.l students ;i!i.l well ;h1\ iiivx-.l fur yMuili> cl'tlKir a-c. .Mr. 
Rogers has always manileslcil a lively iiUeresl in public niauors. and since tak- 
ing up his resilience here his efforts have i>cen to promote the material pri)g- 
rcss of tlie place and give it honcrable publicity abnail. He lias .servetl one 
term as Town Clerk and two term< on the b. .an! of town irn.-tees. lie is 
the present treasurer of the local schod board, m which capacity he has labored 
earnestly to advance the cause of education and raise the standard of the 
schools. He is a leading spirit in the Slielby Gamty Joint Stock Agricultuva.l 
Association, representing tlie townsliip in which he lives, having .served two 
years as superintendent of the agricultural duvutment. and he is al present 
superintendent of the buggy department. To his ettons as much a-^ to lho^e 
of any other member is due the growth and populariiv of the organization 
and its importance as a means of promoting the olijecis which the found.ers 
had in view. 

Mr. Rogers is a member 'if Mi/irri-town Lodge. Xo. 10.3. Free and Ac- 
cepted ]\Iasons. and he is also identified with Xavarre I^jdge. Xo. 156. 
Knights of Pythias. For a number of years he has lieen a sincere ami re- 
spected member of the ^Methodist church, in llie work of which he is seconded 
bv his wife, who is also a faithful worker in tlie Sundav school. 

AFOXZO X. TRi:b:.s. 

The family of this naine has been identified with Shelby county almost 
from the time of its organi/ jacolj Tree.^. a n;iii\e of PennsyK'ania, 
entered land in X'oble township at a very early day, jjrospered. reared a family 
and his mmierous descendants have always been included in the connty'.s best 
citizenship. David Trees, one of the sons of the pioneer founder, was l)nrn 
February 14. I'^^.V. and was engaged during his whole adult life in farming, 
his d.eath occurring Mnrch 15. 1902. Me married on .May J5. 1833. Sarah 
Stafford, daughter C'f an old pioiieer family, whose children became jiros- 
perous and influential iii the eastern section of the county. She was liorn in 
what is now Shelby townsliip. }ilay 26. 1838. and is still li\ing. Tlie\- had 
three children, .\ngclinc. the eldest, married Dudley .M. Ib-"oks. ufiw de- 
ceased, has five children, and resides on a farm in Xoble towiKbij). I'lea-ant 
G., the youngest son. married Xarcissus lione. has one son. .and i^ farming 
the old home place. 

Alonzo X. Trees, the eldest son rn' the f?nii!y, wa.s ]}i:vn in Xob'e town- 
ship. Shelby county, Indiana, Octolicr 7. 1840. The -chooN were poor in 
th.ose days, and he h.acl to pick up his learning al odd time.- during the slu)rt 

winter t. 
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ni in snnnvier a< rdl sons df pioneer farmer^ 
-.e erew np, !ie li.'eaine ;'. I'aimer. like lii> an- 
i>eli '-en line, tlu.U!;h it toi'k much hard work 
-.her IJ. 1880. Mr. Trees was married to 
family deserving '-f espceial mention in any 
■ p-ire':n- were Arllnir W". and C'vnihia A. 
(Bone) Idoyd. nativL- of Shelhy e. .inly. The lather of Arthur W. Floyd 
was a native of I'enn-yivaiiia, and was one of the earliest settlers oi Xol)le 
townshiii, and left deieendants who achieved intlnence in various lines of 
business, chidlv a-ricnlture. Arthur W. Floyd had several ch.ildren of whom 
four are living. Wdlliair. F... the eldest, hec.anie the father of a .laughter, at 
present Mrs. Daisy Auhurn. of ^•c^vea^tle. IVnn-ylvania. Maihia<, the sec- 
ond son, is dead, leaving a wile, ]-:ii7ahelh, wh., is the motlier ot three chil- 
dren. Carrie, Jennie and Arthur. Eugene FIomI aii<l ^^rs. Trees complete 
the famiiv. Cvnthia ( Floyd, the mother of Mrs. Trees, wlio is a resi- 
dent of Shelhvville. was horn Decemher lo. :S.v. and has two hvothers and 
nvo sifters living. The grandmr^ther ..f Cynthia A. I F-one) Fdoyd was Mar- 
garet Al)hot. who wa< h..rn in Clark county. Indiana. She was married to 
tosiah XN'illiams ahout 1807. To thi- union were Iwrn seven ch.ildren. Sally, 
the second daughter, wa . horn in Chu-k county, liuliana. March 17. 1810. 
This family moved to what i> now known a. the Fdoyd farm when .-he was ten 
years old.' Sallv Williams wa< married, to William F. uh.en nineteen 
'years old the ceremonv having been lu-rf.M-med upon this farm January 28. 
18-9 and to this union were b vni the following chii'lren : Caroline, Cynthia 
Ann Anderson. Alfred, Margaret. Mary Janett. Thomas. M.atilda arul Pru- 
dence. Cvnthia. the second daughter in order of l)irth. was horn Dvcemher 
10 18^,1 'in Shellw countv. She was married to Arthur W . Floyd January 
14' 18m in Shell'iv county, near Cave Milts, on Sunday morning betore 
breakfast: The wJather was very c<,ld and the ground so slick U^at horses 
could not stand on the ice. To this union were horn hve children. W illiani 
K was horn in Shelby countv, 2. 1840: Mathias. November o. 
,8^- Hester, born August ;. 1857: '^^.tie. A., born March _'. l8r,_^ and Eu- 
gene. Tanuarv 8, 1869. " Cvnthia Bore's grandfather was WMliam born 
h, Vii-oinia. 'October 17. 1769. an.l he died September 27. 1830. Cyntlua 
Bone-s^ grandmother was Agnes ^[cCnire. who was born Xoyemher 17. t,,_>. 
married William Bone, and died ^larch 5. i^d?- To this union u ere born ten 
children. William E. Bone was bom September 2 18,0. m \ arren o,mU>. 
Ohio, and he married Sallv Williams J.anuary 28. 1829. .\rthur Noyd.- 
grandmother on his father-^ side was named House. His gnnulmotljer on 
the maternal side wa. named Crisler. Betsy Tbntse married John Floyd 
Alathias FloNd was born January 8. i79r,. in Peimsylvama. He was married 
to lemima Cri>ler. and thev came to Indiana from Kentucky, i e, this unv>n 

C}1.\U\\ICK'< history of SIlKl.liV CO., IND. 805 

eleven children were .Inu,-,. Aiiluir \\•a^ li. th Maveli i;. iSjy. in Shelby 
cuunty, ju>t >^'uth of Middlelc iwn. 

'J'lie farm now nwneil by y\v. Trees lias quiie an aiiee-lral hi>l(iry. liavinj;- 
descended friMn fatiier lo son fur several .^^enerati.nis. 'I'lic (n-i:;inal owner 
was Jiisiali WiUiani-. Mr-. Trees" ^rcat-qrandfather. who transferrol it to 
Mv. john.-o,i, tlien t. . M.ithia> 1-T.yd, Inr -randiather. and from iiim tu his 
son. Anhur W.. and lln.illy to Al.n/,, X. Trees a.nd wife. Here their iirsl 
son. E.. was l...rn and still live-;. hTwd. the second s.)n, is now in the 
Indianajiolis Ce>n.-ervatory of Mu-ic. I"( was sradn.ited in the Shell.y- 
ville liigh school, and is now a successful farmer. He married Ethel Mitten- 
dorf June lo, 150S. an<l tlie>- are the parents of a Mm Ihmii on the old home- 
stead May 15, 1909. Mr-. Tne- was educated in the common sche^ols of llie 
county, and at the St. Paul and Shelby ville hi!;h .schools. The familv are 
members of the Christian church. i>i which Mr. Trees lias been deacon and 
Mrs. Trees treasurer of the Mission Society for two years. Mr. Trees is a 
member of the Knights of I'ythias and Modern Woodmen at Shelbyville, 
while his wife belongs to the Royal Xeighl)ors. Mr. Trees took an active 
part in the erection of the new ehtu-ch. and has long been regardeil as one of 
its pillars. For fourteen years Mrs. 'I'rees was organist at the Fli)yd church, 
and also acted as janitress during that time. There is no Inciter family con- 
nection in Shelliy county than tliai of the Treescs. who have filled worthily 
all the places t(j which they have been called and enjoy the reputation of being- 
good citizens. 3.bislly farmers, they have done their full share in building 
up the agricultural rejiutation of "Old Shelby. "' 

E. L. 1-RAZIER. 

E. L. Erazier was Ijorn in !\entucky. and. after obtrdning a ccimmon 
school education, enteretl in 1S1S5 the liible College, of Kentucky University, 
where lie tnted himself for the Christian ministry. He entered actively upon 
the duties of his sacred ofiice and within a comparatively brief period acquired 
a wide reputation as an al)le and eloquent preacher and successful evangelist. 
He has ministered to some of the largest and most influential congregations 
of the church which he represents, and his labors have taken a wide range, 
including ]irominent cities (jf several states, among which are the following: 
Champaign and Mattoon. Illinois: Kokomo. Franklin, Irvington, Marion and 
Morristown, Indiana: Dayton and Ashtabula. Ohio: Erie, Pennsylvania, and 
various other points, besides conducting large and successful meetings as an 
evangelist. He was instrumental in organizing- churches and adding largely 
to their membership, erected a number of temples ui worshij), ami in the course 

CK's lUSTOKV OF >HK1,1;V CO., INI). 

t'hc best kmnvn prcaclKTs of tin- lar^re ami 


he is identilRNi. .\n al.le an.l vcli-laiiy dlv 


the cnri-ent rct'Drmatioii has o-aincil a funili 


aqe, lie hids tair to continue in his jiuhhc 


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of years l^ecanie one of 
brotherhood with whicli 
known today \\lierc\cr 
thi'iugli well adxanced ir 
many years to come. 

Rev. E. L. Frazier now make- his h.ome in ^b>rri.stown. liaving been a 
resident here since IQ07. To him belinit;s the unique (hslinction of lieing the 
original Prohibitionist of Indiana, having- made out in if^7J a ticket liased upon 
the principles of Prohibition and v.aed the same. This was n^t imly ilic first 
vote of the kind ever cast in tlie state, but the onh- one of tlie kind in the year 
indicated. Since then he has been a strenuous foe of the salnon. and in neaidy 
everv succeeding camjiaign his voice lias been heard in no uncertain si>und as 
he elociuently portrayed the terrible evils i.'f the liquor traffic and the uhimatc 
happv condition of society and state, when the curse is forever driven fmrn 
the land. 

Rev. E. L. Erazier married Jennie Miller, and is the fat! 
ing children: Ik-rtha. wife (if Walter Mowe, of Indi.maiioiis 
sketch: Bess B.. now Airs. Roy A. Potts, of Indiana]>olis. 

S. F. :\Iiller, father of :\Irs. Frazier, lives at Areola. II 
vanced age of ninety-four years, and for one so old retains to 
his physical and menial powers. 

Rev. E. L. Frazier has a beautiful home of six acres in i!ie sulnirbs of 
]Morristown. where he raises chickens, cows and other live stock, and an abun- 
dance of fruit and vegetables, being well situated to enjoy his many materia! 
blessings. Although seventy years old he preaches every Lord's day and men- 
tally and physically appears as strong and vigorous as in the days of his prime. 

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Prominent among tr.e leading farmers and stock-raisers of Shelby county 
is the widely known and deservedly jiopular citizen whose career is set forth in 
the following lines. Hon. Adam F. May. of Washington township, is a native 
of Indiana and a representative of one of the old and highly respected fami- 
lies of Bartholomew county, where his maternal grandparents settled in a very 
earlv day, his paternal ancestors moving in a little later on. George W. May. 
grandfather of the subject, was a \'irginian by birth, but many years ago 
moved to Pennsylvania and later to Warren county. Ohio, thence in'iS36 to 
Bartholomew cour.ty. Indiana, located about six miles east of Columbus, in 
Clay township, where he purchased land and became a successful farmer. 

His son, George W., Jr.. settled in Bartholomew county three years pre- 

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vious to the above date, and in due lime met and married Miss Susanna Mc- 
l-"al!, whose father. William MeV'all. came to America from Scotland in a verv 
early day. later moving to BarlholMinew county. Indiana, locatin;;;- on the snutii 
bank oi Clilty creek, wlien the silo now oecupici 
Columlius was co\ered with, a dense forest. Aftei 
in this state he migrated to Liwa. where his death 

George W. and Susanna Alay reared a lami 
whom grew to maturity, the following .-^till living. 
Ju'any \ ickery. of Columbus; Anna, wife of Cba 
Hartsville: Eva married G-odsoi; MeCalip and li 
and Adam F., whose name introduces this sketch. 

Adam F. May was born :\Iay 29. 1861, spent his early life on a l"arm in 
Bartholomew county, receiving his education discipline in the public sclio<'!s 
and in the State Xornial at Terre Haute. He was reared to agricultural 
pursuits and has de\-oted his life to that honorable calling, owning at thi.-^ time 
a fine farm of one hundred and twenty-three acres in Washington township. 
Shelby county, and enjoying worthy prestige as an enterprising and succes>ful 
farmer and tiller of the soil. He became a resident of Shclbv countv in iMSA, 
since which time life aii<l interests have b-een closely identified with the 
township in which he now resides, and in all that makes for the material 
prosperity and general welfare of the community his name and iniluence 
have ever been foremost. In connection with agriculture, lie has achie\'ed a 
wide reputation iit the matter of line li\e slock. gi\Miig especial attention to 
high grade I'oland China hogs, in the breeding and raising of which he has 
not only been remarkably successful, but is considered an authority in his cjwn 
and other counties. For a number of years Mr. May has been activel\' iitter- 
ested in agriculture and all means for promoting the same, and has been in- 
fluential in inducing the farmers of his township to improve their breeds of 
live stock. He was a leading spirit in promoting the interests of the Shelby 
Count}- Joint Stock Agricultural Association, which he ser\-cd for some time 
as a director. later was elected \ice-president. and in Februar_\-, 1909. was 
made president, in which capacity he has already formulated plans for bring- 
ing the enterprise to a higher standard of elilicier.c}- than has characterixed 
it heretofore. His familiarity with swine is so thorough that at all shows 
and exhibits of hogs at county and slate fairs he is in\-ariably clMsen judt;e. 
and such is the confidence reposed in his knowledge and impartialit}- thai hi^ 
decisions ha\e been accepted without di^^enl. being free from prejudice and 
eminently just to all concerned. 

^Ir. May, on June 26. 1SS3, was united in marriage with Mary F. Click, 
of Bartholomew county, who died after a brief but mutually happy wedded 
experience of six months and six days. Later. October 2S, iSS^. he con- 
tracted a rnatrimrjiiial alliance with Lillie Sidencr. of Hope, Indiana, who was 

8o8 ciiadwick's history ov siiKi.nv co., ixd. 

bnm lulv 12. i8r.7, in I'.arlliolomcw coumy, and educated in tlie jmlilic sclioo!? 
of iIk" same. Mr?. Mav is the daughter ..f J. IX and M. J. Sidener. her lather 
having heen Ijorn in Kentucky in 1S17. moving to Indiana and setthng on a 
farm near Hope at the age of ten year^. Mrs. .\h.y\s nmUier was b.nn and 
reared in Bartholomew county. Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. spent iheu" 
!ive< on a farm and were very successful. Mr. Si>iener owning at the tune n\ 
his death several line farms near Hope. Indiana. 

]-,,ur children have resulted iv<>m Mr. May's second marriage, viz: 
:\Iaude A., h.-rn Mav 13, iSSfV. Fausta I., horn .\ugu^t 15, UnSj; ]-.dna_l.. 
July 15. 1801. and .'\lleu F.. who was horn June 18. 1896. the oldest bemg 
deceased. The daughters living are well educated, the two older being grad- 
uates of the high school and voung ladies of much more than average intelli- 
gence and cultm-e; bMna tini^htd the common scIk.oI course at the early age 
of twelve vears. and in u,ca, was graduated from the high of Fbij-.e. 

Mr Mav is a Hem. .crat .^f the old Teffersonian school, ami has long heen 
influential in' Leal and ^taie politics, having represented Shelby oamty m the 
General AssemMv from i8()>j to 1903, inclusive, and earned an honi.rablc rec- 
ord as an able and conscientious legislator, as well as the distinction of ben '.g the 
onlv person in Shclbv countv who served two successive terms. 1 le is a mem- 
ber'of Bvron Lodge, Xo. loS. Knights of Pythias, at Hope. Indiana, in vshich 
he holds' the title of past chancellor, besides rei.resenting it m the (.ran.d 
Lodge at dilTerenl times. He also belongs to the Masonic lodge at X,,rri.Mown, 
Indiana, known as Farmers' Lodge', Xo. I47- 


Among iht 

■ number fr-an the F.uckeye .^tate who h.ave come to 
Shelln'countv, India'iia, and materially aided in the .level. ,pment .,f the ^ame 
through the investment of capital and ind..mitable energy applied to the naUiiai 
resources foun.l here is the gentleman whose name torms the caption ,, it u^ 
biographical review, as was his father before. John and Catherine I \c.ble) 
Snepp, parents of Joseph H.. were born in Ohio, grew to maturity and earned 
in that state, and in ^larch. 1845. migrated to Jacksr.n township. Shelb>- 
countv In.har.a, where thev located in the neighborhood where Joseph H 
now re-ides Thev purchase.l one hundred, and sixty acres, which was added 
to tluMugh the thrift and economv of those sterling pioneers imtil they Ind a 
vcrv valuable farm of two hundred and five acres. John Snepp also managed 
ver'v -uccessfullv an extensive nurserv for a period ot thirty years. He 
monev ra,.idlv. ' He was F.m August 5. 1812. and his wife ..n .\pr.l to. 18,3. 
The date of \heir marriage was January 31. 1833. Ihe b.rniers .,eaih oc- 


curred July 7. 1881. ami iliat of tlie lalier January 3. 1875. jolm Sncpp \v;is 
a strcni;- iJemocrat and he and his wife were cliurcli nicuilicrs. To them Uu- 
foil jwiii- children were Ixirn: Elizalieih, Decenihcr J3. i8_^3: William. Oct.i- 
ber2i. 1S35: Mariah. Jnly 16. 1837: Sarah A,. )nlv 10. 183S: 1n.ei)h A., April 
23, 1841; ilavid ].. May jo, i8jj. The^c eliild'ren \\ere afl \unn in Ohi. . 
Mary J.. Iltu Mav 5. i8_j7. in Shelln e..uni\. In. liana. Of ihese chiiilren 
Joseph 11. and W'il'liam are livin- 

Joseph 11. Snepi)"s hirthplace wa^ Mi.n'4^iimery Ohio. , ,n llie date 
mentioned alinve. and was lu-ouoht to Shelby county hy his p.areius when 
about four years old. It wa^ here he was reared, attended the common schools 
and received a fairly goi^d education. 

Mr. Snepi) was married on Decemlier 30. iSOj. to Mrs. r,liz;dieth ( Mul- 
Icndure) Legate, widow of John Legate, and daughter of Jacol) .Mullen. lore, 
and a sister of Da\ id and ( ieorge }.lullend< .re. She was educated in the com 
mon schools. T.i this union four chiMren were born, namely: l.oien \\'.. 
November 28. 1863; Luetta .M.. Jann.-uy 7. 18^,7; I. C. February 18. 1870; 
John \\'.. .\])ril 12, ]88o. ],.iren W. and 1. C. arc graduates of the I'Minlnirg 
high scho,3l. Luetta M. married Chaidcs P.illingsley. of Shelby ville. In.iiar.a. 
jNIrs. .Sne])p was marrie.l t.i J.)hn l.cgate Xo\-emher 7. 1854. his death occiu'- 
ring' 'Slny 4. 1S57. To this inii. m t\\o chil.lren were born. Twiry 11.. .\ngnst 
21. t8tt. and Laura Alice. October 9, 18^7. The latter became the wife of 
David R. Webb. 

Mr. Snep]i is the owner of an excellent farm of eighty-eight acres in 
section 31. Jacks.Mi township, which i< under a high state of cultivation, an.l 
on it stand modern and =i!bslantial buil.ling- with attractive <urr. .un.ling--, !n 
politics Mr. Snepi> is a IX-ni.icrat. an.l he and his family are luember.- .>f the 
Evangelical Luilieran church, 'i'his family bears an e.xcellent reputati(.n in 
this comniunitw 


This well k'.iown farmer and substantial citixen of Shelby c.iunty was 
born on the farm where he n..w li\e^ in Jack.s.m township. May 17. 1801. the 
son of Jac.b and Mariah 1 Snepp ) Mutz. the former a native .>f liciks county. 
Pennsylvania, who came to Shelby c ninty. Lidiana. when a young man an.l 
married here. He was a blacksmith by trade and was regarded as a very 
skilled workman, a large hearted and kindly disposed man. His wit"e fell 
heir to some land. To them ten children were born, six of whom are livirg 
at this writing, namely: Charles. O.scar. Philo. Catherine. l''.t..ile an.l Emma. 

Philo Mut.z was rearcl ..n a farm an.l he grew to manh.Hi.l tm.ler coivli- 
tions con.lucive to health, of b. -dv and luind. He worked on the farm 

SlO CHADWICK's 1I1STI1RV 01" SliKl.I'.V CO.. I X P. 

dming- die suniiiier mw.iihs aiul aiicidc-d tlio d.isnici >ch'"'l< (hiring ilie wiiito--. 
tie aticnded I'uidue University at'ayetic. hidinna. fur die vear. 

-Mr. -Mmz wa.s married to Mary K. Reed, who was b<.ni in I'.artholnniew 
count)-, tliis stale. Sepieniher jo. iSoi. the da.iighier ..f l.eveii C. and .Mahala 
(Smock) Reed. She was reared ..n a farm and received a sclio. ■! 
education. To this union the following children were born: Orvilic ].. liorn 
in Febniary. iSS6. died October j. 1907; he was a young man of unusual 
promise, and was a junior in Purdue University wlien he ilied. Millie A. was 
born October 7, 1887: she is a grad.nate nf the lu.linburg high sch.M.l. and in 
1909 is a jii'niur in l-'ranklin College. Carl S.. born December Ji, iSS(;. is a 
student in the Kdiiiburg high school. These children are being given every 
opportunity by their parents, vcho are believers in education and wholesome 
home environment, and all of the children have liright Intiu-es before them. 

]\Ir. Mutz is the owner of a tine farm of two hundred and tiftv-two acres 
in section 32. Jackson township. It is under a high state of impruvement and 
reflects much credit upon the owner, who is an excellent manager and a hard 
worker. He carries on a general farming and stock raising business, always 
having about him some stock of tine variety and quality. He also devotes con- 
siderable to the gro\ving of melons. His home is a beautiful and 
modern one. nicely furnished. All of Mr. Miiiz's famil_\- are members of the 
German Evangelical Lutheran church, Mr. ^lutz having been deacon of tiie 
same for a period of eight years. Mrs. ^lutz is an active worker in the 
church, being assistant leader of the King's Messengers of the church. Mr. 
Mutz is a member of the Edinburg Masonic Lodge. Xo. 100. In politics he 
is a Democrat and an active member of the County Cciurrd Committee, also 
a member of the Township Advisory Board. He is regarded as one of the 
leading citizens of Jacksmi township. 


Among the well known and highly i-espccted citizens of Liberty township, 
Shelby county, is Frederich Feitig. now spending the evening of his very 
active life in honorable retirement, enjoying a well earned respite, surrounded 
by many of the evidences of his years of industry. His birth occurred in 
Bavaria. Germany. July 13, 1845. the son of Nicholas and Margaret (Feitig) 
Feitig. of the same name, they were not related. They were both 
natives of Bavaria, where the father carried on farmin.g on an extensive scale. 
being especially ifitcrested in large vineyards in the Rhine ri\er country. Ik- 
was tlie oldest son in a familv of ten children, and he lived and died in Gcr- 
nianv, his death occurring at the age of seventy-two years. His wit'e aUn 
spent her life in the Fatherland, dying at the age of seventy-three years. 


Fredcn'cli I'V-itig- was reared in lii-; native ccuintrv, where he received a 
liberal education. IJe was tlie oldest sun in a frniiily df live children, four sons 
and one daii.i^lucr. I-'rederich assisted witli the work on the home farm until 
he was twenty-one years old, when he left Ikivaria tor America in order to 
escape niihtary service, lie was f^uiieen days in niakini;- the trij) from llani- 
hurg to Xew York, landing in the latter city on July 21. 1800. at the lime ol 
the cholera epidemic liere. There were three hundred and forty-five young- 
men on the steamer, all leaving- Germany on account of the cominilsory mili- 
tary service. Fredericli remained in Xew York for a period of six months, 
working in a pow-der and shot factory. In the meantime his father houglu !iis 
son's release from military service and desired th.-it he shoulil return home, hut 
Fi-ederich desired to see more of America before rciurriing to his own country. 
This resulted in his remaining here permanently, renctrating into the in- 
terior, he came to Cincinna.ii. Ohi'.'. where he seciri-ed cmployn.ienl with a plow 
inanufactnring- concern, with which he reniained for several years. Pieing of 
frug-al haliits he saveil his earnings and in time became a partner in the firm, 
which, was kiiown as the Rayinor.d. Hilsinger & Feitig Plow Manufacttn-ing 
Conipanv. the outgrow-th of one of the pioneer concerns, established by Mr. 
Raymond in 1S37. This business developed lo lai-ge proportions and w-as 
very successful in a financial w-ay. the products of the plant becoming known 
all over the countr_\-. ]\Ir. Feitig remained part owiier of tlie same for a period 
of twentv-seveit \-ears. during w-hich time he accumulated a competency, dis- 
posing of his interest in 18S7. since which time he has lived practically retired 
from active business. He acquired valuable property interests in Cincinnati, 
which he still holds, including real estate and buildings. He has since his re- 
tirement looked after this property. In 1904 he bought land in Shelby county, 
on which he built a fine modern residence adjr.iining \\'aldron. It is hand- 
somely furnished and located in the midst of attractive surroundings; in fact, 
it is one of the finest homes in the county, and a place where hospitality and 
good cheer ever prevail, consetiuciuly the many friends of this family delight 
to gather here from time to time. 

:slr. Feitig was first married in 1SS4 to Margaret (Friday) Hilsinger. 
widow- of Jacob Hilsinger. of Cincinnati, and daughter of \'alentine and Fliz- 
abeth (^Metzer) Friday, natives of Germany. His first wife passed aw-ay in 
1894. Mr. Feitig was married a second time, which union was blessed with 
the birth of one child, which died in infancy, the mother also passing away in 
1898. The subject's third marriage was to Rose Schoenebaum. a native of 
Cincinnati, the daughter of John Henry and Elizabeth f\Yeismiller) Schoene- 
baum. natives of Hanover. Germany, who came to the United States in 1852 
in a sailing vessel, the voyage rcfiuiring eighteen weeks. They located in Cin- 
1 in 1854. Several families who came over 
lati. :\Ir. SchoenelK'.um seemed emiiloynient 

cinnati. where t 




with them also : 


.ted in 



in a large coiiimission iunise, he Ijeitiy- tlieu a young' mati. J lis proiiKition was 
rapid and lie in time liccaine manager of tlie same, wliich position he retained 
for a period of thirty-ciglit years. He and his wife liave lived retired for a 
nunil^M- of years, still making their Imnie in Cincinnati. 

Mr. and Mrs. Fredcrich Fcitig are memliers uf tiie (lerman F.vangelicai 
ciuirch in Cincinnati, tlie furnier b.aving lieen active in tiie same for sexenteen 
years. iia\ ing been elder ininr Im hi'- removal to Shelby county. Since retiring 
from active business Mr. l-"eiiig ha^ tnken a great deal of interest in chariialile 
work in Cincinnati, having gi\en liberally lA b. 4h his lime and m. 'uey to fur- 
ther this laudable undertaking, but it har~ ahva_\s been done in an uni«>tenta- 
tious maimer, ]\Ir. Feitig being prompted solely by Innnanitarian princii)les. 
ratlter than bv any desire at public display. Fie was chairman of the lioanl of 
the Children's and Orphans" Flome, being a charter meml)er of the association 
which established the lu^me, and he was also a member nf the building cumnnt- 
tec. and the pronounced success of this great institnlinn is due in no small 
measure lo his efforts. 

Mr. l-\dtig in his fraternal relations belongs to Ilelsinmann Lodge. Xo. 
2oS, ?vlasonic Order, Cinciiniati. He is aFn a member of Cermania l.orlge. 
No. 113. Independem Order of Od.l b'ellows. having been .iflicially connected 
with both, and a charier member of the latter. AltlKJUgh a staunch Kejnib- 
lican, he has never aspired 10 positi. ms of public trust in a jjolilical way: how- 
ever he takes an interest in both local and national affairs. Fie is a man who 
deserves a great deal of credit for wliat he has accomplished, having achieved 
his success unaided. When he landed ou our slvres he could nol si)e,ak a word 
of English, and had no kn-wle-lge ..f any ■>i)eci;il line of business, but he weiu 
to work with a will, and the energy and foresight which he exercised bmught 
substantial rewards in due course of time. Personally he and his wife are 
I)leasant ]ierq-)le to kr.ow. 


Among the native l)orn citizer.s of Hanover towndiip. Shelby county, 
Indiana, who have profited by remaining in their own communities, .\lberi C. 
Miller should receive specific mention here, for his life ha^ been a very busy 
one and led in such a manner as to gain the re-pect and. friendship of all with 
whom he has come in contact. He was biirn June 7, li'^SO, the S( iii of I'cter 
and :vlinerva J. (Colclazier) Miller. Peter Miller, the .son of John Miller, 
was a native of Pennsylvania, wlio came to Indiana about 1834. After re- 
maining here a short time he removed to Illinois, in which state he remained 
only a short time, when he moved back V) In. liana, settlino; in Wan r.uren 
township, Shelby county. Later he moved to Hanover townshi'p. where he 


spent ilic reniaiiulor of iiis life, lli- \v;!> a hard wi.rlar ami liocainc a pms- 
peroiis farmer, owniiiir a fine farm i>f iwo luiiidrnl acres at tliv linu- uf liis 
deatli, ]-Vl)ruary 17. 1.S03. lie was a p.>.ir man wIkii lie was married, luu by 
cconunn- ami yiu.d niai,a,:^emenl he laid up a \alual)le estate. 

T.i Mi-, and Mr.^. j'eler Miller tlurteen ehildreii uere l)Mni. six -f whom 
are iiviiiL;- at thi- writing", nameh : l,.iiiis I"., j-aiianuel W'., lumiee .\., Marv 
E., A. I', and 1-liza J. ' 

Alherl C. Miller wa.- educated in the common scho..l>, where he ^n ap- 
plied himself as lu t;ain a fairly ,!;.i:m1 (.•dncaiinn, wnrUiuL; in the meantime on 
tlie hi line place, remaining under the iiarental iMof until he was t\\ enty-li\ c . 
vear.s old, when he rented a I'arm and married, cm ( ),-nilrr it., iSS.|, Prudence 
Cooper, who was h<rn March J. 1S03, the <lan-hier m| William il. and Mary 
(Cohler) Co. .per. .She is a de<cend;n.i nf ^tnr■l_\ .Scotch aneesirv . her t,n-;nid'- 
father. Richard Cooper, ha\in-- heeii a nau\e of Sciland. Hi.- wife was 
Mary hrazier. a nati\e i>f l-ai.qland, hoih ha\-in.i.^ emi.^rated to .\meriea with 
their parents, leicatini; in ] 'ennsvK.iina. in which, state Richard Cooper and 
Mary I'razier were married. William 11. Cooper, father of Mrs. Miller, was 
born in Pennsylvania. Decemlier 1. iS_'i. and he died Xovcniher _\:;. xjoi. 
}ilary Cohler was horn in 1S3O. .-md >he pas.-.l to her re-i ]u)k- lO. iqoi. 
They were married March 31. 1S30. They came from I'enn.-yhania and 
located in Shelhy county. Indi.nia. l-~our children were horn to them, naniel} : 
Ephraim. born in iS('>o. lives in Phnoi-; James P.. horn in iSoi. li\cs in Kan- 
sas; Prudence, wife of our siihject ; l-'rank li\'e,-- in Indiianapolis. He was born 
in 1870. Mrs. Miller reared on the farm and recei\ed a ,L;ood common 
school education. 

Four children have been horn to Mr. and Mr>. Albert C. Miller, r.amely : 
Elossie L.. born Decemlier 17. 18S5. tp-aduated from the common school and 
spent one }-ear in the liigh schenjl and one year in school in nauville, Indiana; 
Lam-a I., born April 8. 1887. received the same amount of .schooling a-; 
FlosMC. and studied music; Guy. who was bcirn July t. 1889, graduated 

tended the Mon i..;tMV,n high scho. d. 

Mr. Aliiler's well improved farm consists of si.xiy acres, which he has 
rendered highly productive thi-ough all the modern methods of farming, and 
which yields him a comfortable living from year to year. 

In his church relations Mr. Miller is a memlier oi the Methodist Protest- 
ant cb.urch at b'reeport. being one of the tiaistee.-. of the same. His wife is 
also a member of this church. Their daughters are Ijoth leaders in Sunday 
school work. Both }\Ir. and Mrs. Miller are members of the Court of Honor 
at Fountaintown. Indiana: b<Jth carry insurance. Mr. ^filler is also a mem- 
lier of the Knights of Pythias I.od,ge at Morristown. In politics he votes 
the Reiinblican ticket. 


GEORGE W, SXE1']\ Sr. 

The gTcat coninioiiwe.-iliii of Jmliaiia h;'.- had a uv.iiiiu- (level' ipiiu'iu. in- 
asniiich .;is ihe <eltlenieiri5 niaile within her hordeis diil ma ci'U-iM of any 
certain clas< of ininii^ram^. luil if eitizen- ir.aii xariotw ;)art- ni vm- l",a<t. 
srmie ci-mi:!-' fnmi the \e\v Eii<;land di^t^ie^. s. one from th.e Mid.d'e At'a.iuie. 
while iiiher.v f^und tlu-ir \\a\- frnm the S^nth, eominj; in'rihward aei>-s the 
Ohio. A lai-e pefeL-nta-e. h-.wever. eivwsed the l)>n-iler fr-n, the Iv.-t. an.d 
thus we find many of onr earlie-l settlei-> airivini^ ffMni the stale< of Ohio 
and I'ennsylw'inia. Anii-ny- ihc>c were the parents of t'le i;enileman whi'sc 
name forms tlie caption for the jiresent sketch. 

George W. Snepp, Sr.. Gmnty Ci inmissi..ner nf the third district nf 
Shdhy cnnnty. was born March jS. 1831. lie wa> the .-m of Daniel a.nd 
]\Iarv (kMlnian) Snepp. hoth rif whi.m were horn in the liuckeye slate, in 
^lonty:' mierv eiaint\". smith of Dayimi. Idiey were mariied in Ohio rmd. six 
children, fonr bns'and tw.i girls.' were U .rn' to them, the .r.ily .survix..,- ni 
whom are George W. an.d Elizabeth (Shaver^. His mother died when 
George was a yea.r old. and his father was again married, and his second wife 
is also deceased. 

Our snbi'eet was Ij-im in Jacksun tnwn-hip. this eunnty. on the farm that 
adjoins the mie he nou^ owns. It w a- here he was reareil U< nianhi»,,l. attend- 
ing the district school during the winter. On April 25. 1870, :\Ir. Sne])]) was 
married to Caroline 3.1ahley. who w'as b.irn Oct'iber Ki, i.'^5'). 'I'm tlT:m 
Averc born seven children, viz: Frank W'., l)'-)rn Eehruary J5. 1S77. mimedi 
Aurelia Pettigrew. their home being now in Xew Albany : I'ertlia M.. b-a-n Oe- 
tol.ier 13. 1S7S. married Arnakbi Eber'iart. a farmer in JacksMU ti'Wiiship/: 
Clarence, born February 11, t8So. marriedi :\Iary Hill: Ib-mcr R.. hrm .May 
22. 18X4: India r... bni'-n Ocmlju- 7. 188X: Oscar W.. b 'rn March 3. iXoi : 
Daniel W'.. born May 3. 1804. 

At the time of his marriage Mr. Snei.)!) purchased a tract m' eiglity acres, 
going int-i debt for a part of the iiurcha-e price. He set to work h' pay nff 
iiis incumbrances, an<l s' imu m:mifested his aliility t<j the farm t.' the 
very best advantage. He was able in a short time to make addili'inrd j.ur- 
chases and has shown much skill in the development of his land as to get the 
most satisfactory results from his work and has not been slow to fall in with 
the most modern and scientific metbuds ..f agriculture. In additinii t' ■ fann- 
ing the land he has given some attention to stock raising, and has one of the 
finest herds of thoroughbred cattle in that part of the state. Tlirough strict 
economy and a judicious grasp of his oi)]5ortunities. Mr. Snepp has managed 
to become the owner of quite a large farm, and takes great pleasure ui its 
mana.gement and care. 

in 1901 Mr. Snepp was elected Tru^tee oi Jacks, m township an<l served 


uniil 1905. comluciing the affairs of tlie oflico on a strict Ijii.sinc-s aii'l cct.i- 
nomic basis, wiiii tlie result tliai liio lax levy was reiliiccd during the term, 
and the general affairs of the ufiiee were managed with such discretion a-- to 
win words of the highest appriciation fr.nn hi-- many friciMl>, At the close >>f 
llie term he was elected !•> the Ccnwiy Council, serving luni! ila- close of the 
year 1908. In Xovember of that year he was clioscn I'.'unly foniniissiuner. 
and holds that ofhce at the present time and will no douht relleci credit imt 
only ttpon himself, but also npor. his constituents. 


This name has liccn a familirn- <ine in .^helhy ccnmly nu" much nmre than 
a half century, for ^Nlr. Taltcrson has l)ecome generally known, not only 
through his Inisincss connections, but. also through his public service in the 
State Legislature. His is a life that has been well spent and as he approaches 
his advanced vears he can look back ujion a busy, well directed career, spent 
in such a way as to bring pleasant re[lecti.>ns. as well as ami)lc provisions 
fi^ir the material comforts and necessities of life. 

This gentleman wa.- li.jrn in Jackson township, Shelby county. February 
II, 1827. and was the son of Davi<l L. and .Vnn (Shaw) I'atterson. The 
former was born in the state of Ohio, in i8o_|, and came to Shelby county, 
Indiana, wh.en eighteen years of age. Ann Shaw was alsr; born in Ohio, near 
the town of Lebanon, in 1805. and came to Ir.diana with her parents wh.en 
still quite voting. She became the mother of nine children, viz: CJeorge. Har- 
riett. Jock :Ma'nha. James. Job:,. Lr.-nk. Julia and William. Of these tlie 
surviving members are William. Julia, Harriett. John and James. 

William was reared on the farm, near Afarielta. in Jack^.n township, 
and obtained a somewh;it meagei education, owing to the lack of educational 
facilities. He was a wide reader, however, and. through self-eftort. managed 
to bro;iden himself and acquire a good all-round preparation for life. In 
1846 Mr. Patterson was joined in marriage to Charlotte Klievhart. a woman 
of excellent character. wIk.) bore him three children, viz: John. Willi^ and 
George, the last named being the only 'me that sur\-ives. Mrs. Patterson 
died on Julv 2j. 185.',. and hiter :\Ir. i'atterson marrie-l Lauretta Eberhart, 
to whom" wa-- born one child, .\manda I'aUerson. whc. later became the u-ife 
of Gilbert Pliillips. On March 3. 18S2. .Vmanda Patter.M.n was al^o called 
hence, and in the of time Mr. Patterson chose for h\< third wife 
Eliza ^Vlayes. who also is not only an esiimalile character, but a heljiful and 
congenial' companir.n. Througliout his eventful life Mr. l'atter->n has ever 
kept" before him a high ideal and has re^-lulely bent every effort to bring 

8i6 cTiAnwiCK's iiisTOKV or shki.i-.v I/O., i.\n. 

to coiiMininiation liis ])!;'.ns and umleiiakinqs. W'lun ,-ianin^- cnit fur him- 
self, he Iiad nothing- hut ihc i.nlii\-iiy necessities of life as far as material 
ecjuif)nients were concfrncil. hut lu- did h,'i\e a generous purtiun of self-con- 

spiril, we iiiid him e!ris>.d with the sncoes^ful and [n-. niinenl niiii ui die 
cinint\'. Alanv a hai'd day's lalH.r in his (..•ivlier years was i)erformed fur i'lfty 
eent-^ per day, and it was w unC' nmn -n thing U'V Mr. Tatti-rson to split rails 
for twenty-live cents jier hnndrcd. Iii> lii -t in\c--.inunt was made in land 

much valuahle land, and is rcclaaied am.^ng the weallliy men of the cnniuy. 
His success has won for him not only the esteem and gond will nf his friends 
and neighbors, but has aroused supreme confidence in his ability and integrity. 
During the session of 1875 he reiirestincd his county in the Lower House of 
the Assembly, which was pie-^id.ul .a cr b)- the Ib.n. David Tnrpie. the gov- 
ernor's chair being tilled at that time by the Hon. Thonia.- A. Hendricks. 

'Sir. Patterson ba^ achieved success also as a stock raiser, ;md with his 
son has had interests in the elevators in Shelbyville. In all of these varied 
business relations he has maintained the uniform regard and confidence of all 
of Ids friends and bu-ine^s associates. 














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Montgomery county, Oliio, has sent a large numbi 
to Jackson township, Shelby county, Indiana, who have 
developing the resources of the latter: ..n" tb.cse families 
or deserve greater credit than the Snepps. of whom George W'., Jr.. is 
descendant, having been liorn here September 28. 186: 
and Marv E. (Marker) Snepp, the former a son of Daniel Snepp. wb.i was 
born in Montgomery county, Ohio, where he was reared and v\here lie married,. 
He came to Indiana in an early day and settled in Jack-on lowndnp, Shelliy 
county, among the early inhaljitants, remaining here until his death. Jolm E. 
Snepp married Mary E, Marker, and they became the parents of four chil- 
dren, namelv: Katherine. wife of Eranklin Randolph, a farmer in Hendndcks 
township, th'is county: .Minnie, wife of lumis Eberhart. of Washington town- 
ship; Lydia L.. wife of Israel Pruitt. of Jackson townshi]). and George W'., Jr.. 
of 'this review, wh(.) was reared v.\ Jackson townshi]), and he has silent 
his entire life here. \Mien he reached the proper age he attended the local 
schools during the winter months and worked on the home place the remainder 
of the vear. and when he reached manhood he deci<led to make fanning his 
career, working for his father for a peri.i.l of ten years r,r until he was thirty- 

ciiadwick's histokv of shki-uy CO., ixn. 817 

one years oi a.qo. lie h;;s always l>coii a hard worker and economical, conse- 
rjuently he has succeeded. He n^w owns ci!;-lity-.scven acres in .section 24. 
wliere lie makes his hnnie. hem- an ni)-in-date farmer in every respect, siudy- 
in- and enii)loyint; the hest meth.^ds of farminj^-. and he keei)s --ood stock, lie 
has a \-ery neat and. comfortahle dwe'lint;-. 

^Ir. Snepp married .Vmand:. .Snyder, dar.-hter ot' Michael .^nvder. .'^lie 
wa- horn in Shelby comity March _>.,. 1S38. Xo clnldren h;.\e hecn hi.rn to 
this nni..n. Mr. .Snejii) is a niemlier uf the T.niheran church, while his wife 
has cast her l.-t wiih the Metliodi.^t^. lie is a memher of the l-ldininu- L,.l-e. 
Xo. 100, I'ree and .\ccepted Mas..n>. ;i'-o the hMmhur- Lnd-c. X... ij-^. inde- 
pendent Order of Odd 1-jllow,-,. He is a ])ast noble -raufl and a memher of 
the Grand Lodge. He takes a great deligiii in lodge work, and he belicNcs 
in carrying their excellcnl doctrinc> into his daily affairs. Although a k.val 
Democrat. ]\Ir. Snepj) has ne\cr held ntilce. preferring l(j devote his attention 
exclusively to his fields and his stock. 

It is deemed advisable to give the readers something of the facts relaling 
to ihe life of Daniel Snepp, who was a well known man in his dav, having 
been born September i, 1S14. He married [Mary Rollman Julv 3, 1836. She 
died l-ebruary 22. 1833. and he was again married, choosing as a secotid wife 
Mary Guntle. on October 16. ]855. She was liDrn .X'.\ember ly. 1810, and 
died September 6, 1890. After a long and useful life Daniel Snepp died Xo- 
veniber 2, 1S95. By his first marriage the following children were born: Jo- 
.seph. April 8. 1837: Elizabeth J., August 23. 1S3S: John E.. June 11. 1840; 
\\'illiam. Xovember 27, 1S41; Catherine, April 12. 1844: George W., Sr., 
March 28, 1S51. John E. Snepp died Xovember 21, 1899. 


The families of the Jones and Jr)hnsons were among the carlv arrivals 
in Xoble township, and by iniermarriage, became progenitors of a useful and 
mmierous citizenship. The first cmners of both these families were \'ir- 
ginians. located in the same neighb"rhood. owned nearby farms and reared 
their children in neighbnrly friendship, Francis W. Jones and Elenor John- 
son, who Vvcre of the second generation, grew up together, attended the same 
school, became sweethearts, and eventually joined their fortunes for weal or 
woe. After marriage they went to housekeeping after the uniM-etcntious man- 
ner of thrise days, and spent their lives in agricidtural pursuits until the inevit- 
able event, which awaits all men and women in this world. 

F. W. Jones was succes'jful as a farmer, atid at the time of his death 
owned two hundred and thirty-five acres of land, every acre of which was due 



lo wraiM money fn 

r hiIkt 

iinei.-ii ))i."i>lo ' 

^\hu or- 

huiliaiu! was : 

1 lilicral 

to his own hard work, goMcl management and saving q 

been still better fixed in this world's goods but for the 

in some sccuriiy debts and had to pa\- out considt 

people. Mrs. Elenor (Johnson) Jones was ^>ne of i 

ganized the Bethel (Separate') Bapti^t church and he 

supporter of religious causes, having helped to build three churches. 1 hs good 

wife closed her earthlv career in 18S9. and lie passed away August 12, 1905. 

Thev had f.nir children, ^largaret married John Swiit. Imt h-th are dead. 

^lary died in infancy. Henrietta married lienjannn Kathlmni, but have 

been dead some vears. 

Amos L Tones, vounsest and onlv surviving member ol the lamily, was 
lx)rn in Noble'township. Shelby county. Indiana, April 10. 1855. His boy- 
hood differed in no essential from that of thousands ot other Ijoys whose des- 
tiny was cast on a farm, with all the cnditi.n^s attending the exchisively ag- 
ricultural life. Foreseeing that his life work was to be that ot a tanner 
he ti-?ined himself for its duties, and when the time came was luhy ouahiied 
to manage a farm for himself. Being a hard worker and a good manager, 
he has made a success of his affairs, and now has a handsome estate to show 
for his many vears of industry. He owns two hundred and Ku'ty acres vA 
land and rank^ as one of the successful sU-ck raisers and general tanners o, 
the town.hip. In 1873 he married Bermeha E. t3odds. a member ot one o, 
the old-time families, who were inOuential in helping to make X.^.le ownship. 
She was born in Ohio March .1, 1S5S. came with her parents to Shelby a.uny 
when a girl, and grew up with the family "V--^^. ^ '\v"V Vn'^ /■ E. 
Tones had seven children, five of whom are lumg, Can W ^^^'^^-_^'^ 
i is the wife of Tohn Wright, of Noble town.h.p: Claude H. and. 1 o e.t 
Those deceased ar^ Tennie E. and I'eavl M. The entn^ lannly are niemb s 
of the Separate Baptist church at Bethel, of winch Mr. Jones ,s a '-;;;^-; J^^ 
has also been superintendent of the Sunday scIk.oI anc. all Ins htc ha> beui 
warm supporter of the churches. 


The gentleman to wli-.n tins brief review ,s dev„ted has been a life-long 
■ 1 /f th.^ cnntv Invln- been lu.rn on the tarm where he now lives. It 
;::'^:;S;e^r l.e ;;^e ;; pomt to tl. fact that he was reared here, mar- 
ried here, and that all his children were reared and married hei-e 

Mr MuUend.u-e was born on August 26. 1S44. ^'-kI ua^ th. >on ot lac 1. 
-xnd ivall^nne (Wenz) Mnllendore. The frnmer was l.^rn m \ .r,nna 
Mar^;; ;.. 179- "e was married to a Mns Wertz in Ohi„. and came t„ 

C11AI)\\II.-K S HIMOKV OF SllF.Li'.V CO., IXI). S19 

Shelby county. Iiull:ui;i. in 1S3J. I'urilicr facts rci^aiiliii-; tlic liio.Ljrap'.iv of 
Jacob and Katlicrinc Mullondnu- will l,e i.-und cUc-aIktc in thi.< woik. umlcr 
the heading, David }>[ul! 

George roceivcil bm little sciinoiin^. in;i-inucli as the scIkmi! f,-ici!itie.s 
wei-e meager and the r.e.-d .if tI;C Iv, Ip ,-■{ the b lys f..r the w- irl; un the farm 
was so great; however, he made the best n. is-ible n-e of opportunities, and 
as he grew to nianli<Hid he fMrnied sit-ad.y habits and inciu-por.itcd in his life 
the sound fundamental principles that have wn\ U'V him not > nlv success as a 
farmer, but al-^) the respect and conlider.ce uf his friends and r.eighb. irs. I'l^on 
reaching maturity he was joined in UKLrriage. 1 )ecrml)er 31. iS'ij. to Marian 
Cutiinger. who was I'orn in i^helbv CMur,t\'. fulv io. 1N4-. ] k-r jiarciUs were 
Samuel and FJizabetii (Harris) Cut^iI;ger. l.Mih' native- ..f Kentucky. 

Martin Cutsinger. grar.dfaiher of Elizabeth, was of German descent, and 
'came to Shell ly cour.ty in an early day. being one of the early settlers in this 
locality. 'Sir. and ^Irs. Mullen.Iore are tiie parents of three children: Delia, 
who was born Decemlxr 31. 1.S69. became th.e wife of i'ra.r.k llartman. a 
farmer in Tackson tn'.x r.ship ; liidia.bell. wlio was born Xo\-embt:r 2(>. 1871. 
and married to Walter llartman. audi Dais-,-, wlin was Ijorn .\pri! i. 1S73. 
and married to Robert Porter, of Ediid'urc. tivi- --.ate. 

Mr. ^lullendore and his family are nv'inhvis .,{ the K\ angelical Luth.eran 
church, in \\diich all are acti\e workers. They partichpaie in the \ari'u;s de- 
partments of die church work, iieing helpful e.-i:eciaiiy in achancirig the in.- 
terests of the Sunday schocd and missionary enterprises ^f ilie ch.urch. In 
politics ^]r. Mullendore adheres to the tenets of the Democratic parly. Al- 
tliough he has never aspired to an oftice of aii}' kind. ]\lr. ^^lullendore. never- 
theless, takes an active intere-t in the political attairs of the cermmuniiy. and 
can ]'.e relied upon at all time- to identify him.-elf er. the right sidi,- ,,f u-.-estii -n.s 
relating to the common welfare. Me believes th'>n.ughly in tlie fair ai-d hun- 
est fulfillment of all official obligations and is. hiin-elf, a guod example e.f a 
conscientious and patriotic American citizen. 


Xo one of Shelby canity's farmers is bette." kiie.wn. iM-r has a wider 
circle of friends, than \\'illiam II. Kusseil. of iccth.n 8, Me.ral tcAvn.diip. De- 
scended from ])ionecr stock, he- has resided in tlie community wdiere he nriw 
lives for m.any \ears a.nd is classed among the lending farmers of l;is county. 
He was born at Acton. Marian cnunty. Indiana, on January 25. 1856. au'I is 
a son of Samuel Anderson and Emma f Burr'"ighs'; Uus■^clI. Samivd .\. was 
bom August 24. 1S07. and was a se^n of Jefferse'U and Sarah (Xi\eni Rus- 


^ell The lallcr nauKHl wa^ li.-rn Mav 7. 1807. aiul a ,lau-hlcr nf j. l^idianl 
Ru^^cll TlK-v were niarric.l in \ ir.^inia an,l uuv ar.iun- the tu-i settlers 
of Alariun oauUv, Indiana, livin- near New I'.ethel. where they owned larni-^. 
Thev died tl-.ere.'he -ui Oef.her _M . iSS^- ='•"' >1'^' "" l'-''> 3- l'^".- ''"• ' "'^"i 
were l:-rn the iMllMwir.- children; Idien married James Rn^sell : .Annuel A., 
father ni tlie >uhieei .d this skeleh: Xanev J. niarrie.l Fduard \\.-dyard: 
Sarah, \nn live, in Mani.Mi omniv. Indiana; Aman.hi !!. aiul ^hny numO. 
Uic lurnier married llenrv i;,n,d. deeea-ed ; >he hve. at l^elhel. Indiana 
^Farv nnrne.l We^lev Stufilehean and hve> m indiimap. .■ii> ; James marned 
Eliza Russell, hoth dead. William lues in lln-wii CMUinv, Indiana; h.h/.aheth 
married Harvev Russell and lives in :\!ariMn c-unty. Indiana. ^ 

Satmiel A. Russell was horn in Mari-n omnty ..„ ()et<.l:er _■,,. iSJo aivl 
when vnunq- leanie.l the tr:Kle of a hlaekMuilh. He aeumred a ,di-hl edue ^.- 
lion fn.m the i>rimilive sehools .d his time and .00,1 went to woii< on Ins o^n 
account. He to,,k np the trade o, hlaek.mithin^ uith :n, nnele. .^ron Aixon. 
in Marion connlv, and later .^.ene,! a ,Mio,, in Aeto,,, Indiana. In ahor.t the 
year tS'.R he removed to London. Moral lown>lnp, and opened a _NV-ii;>l>; 'i'- 
which he con.lncted until the call for troop., at the hreakmo- out ot thet ml 
wrr lie enli.te.l, in 1862. in Company K. One Hnndredlh Ind.ana \ olum 
leer'lnlantrv. and serve.l th.ronghont the rehellion. After his return hoir.e he 
again took up his forj^e work, hn, huer -old out and hou^ht a shop near the 
li;ecdlove school-house. Here he continued hi^ and nn:dK l-'^l--; 
piece <d land of iHty acres, where he nve<l until 1S8.. when he sold ou mJ 
remr.ved to Cdinton conntv. In.liana. where he died on hchruary 2 . U,oO 
His wife died August _>i." 1894. ^ix years before the death ot her honored 

"'' Samuel A. Russell was a Republican in politics and t<M,k gi-cat interest 
i„ Id vnrtv He wa^ als,, a n:emher of die Grand Army ot the Kcpubhc and 
,!:• i;::d^a l:^::. and ..d citizen. He w.s the father of the t,.llow.,r^ 
chiklren; William H. ; Mary married Robert Katon and is now deacl. 11 - 
ophilus, horn m 1860, and married Emma Xoc on .\oyembei n. U-. .. -^ 

wife was born b'ebruary .,. 1863. in Clark county Indiana, and was a daugh- 
ter of William and ITizaheth - Mitchell) Xoe. 1 heir chiMren are n> h-llo v^ 
Elsie Xoe married Walter Rhoade- and lives m \ an Rttren tnundnp n 
tliev are the parents uf two cliiUlren, Gertrude and beryl; b.arry K., .d n 
B vM Vi-il \. Xoe are all at home: George A. Russeli lives at 1 erre ILu .e. 
Indima; Giarles live^ at Elwood. Indiana; Au^Mu L.. Marion couiuy. n- 
aiaiia; Fannie May. who married Ziniri Sha.Uly, lues m 1 ipf'" ^""'">-' '"" 

'^'''" W-iUiam II.^Russell. when about two years of age. _ removed with his 
n-n-ents t.^ london Siielbv countv. where he has always lived except duiing 
he time of hi> war service and 'the time he resided with his grand,xtrents. 


In his early dnys he ni.T^tered i!ie hkieksinilli trade uinKr hi< father's tutelai:c. 
bin never I'l )lli .\\ ed the i 'CCU|iati' .n, jirefcrring- to farm, lie was married De- 
cember ;,(), iS;-S. to Alice Km-. \vh..<e father's sketch in these pa!:;es. 
After their marriage they lived en a rented farm and later, with her nvUier. 
bnying the la'.ie'- farm which ihe\ s..ld avA re pnrcha^ed the ..1,1 .\m..:, place 
where he now li\es. farm he has .crre.aily impr. .ved an.l carries on 
g-en.eral farming (.peraii.nis. IK- al-., raise- Jersey eallle and a fine strain of 
Dnroc swine. In ]).iluics he i> a l).'m..cral ..f ilij old sch. .. .'■ and has always 
taken great interest in the affairs of slate, lie is the father ..f \\\o chil.'.ren 
as follows: Karl, bom Ai)ri! _H). iSSo. marrie.I t... Ivsiella .Mae To. .11 on Sep- 
tember 23, 1903. She is a native of ]\lanon connly and a danghter ui Wil- 
liam E. and Agnes (Shaw) Toon. They have two children: Clarence a:id 
Klmer Ray. ]vlargaret Olga, born October to. 1895. lives at home. Mrs. 
Rn-;sell is a member of the Methodist church an.l is widely known in the cir- 
cles of her church. 


The Eryson family has long been one of the iniluenlial and sulista'ttial 
ones of Bartliolomew" and Shelby counties. Inrliana. members of \N'hich have 
proven in everv- locality in which they have dispersed that they are enterprising 
and honest, and the gentleman whose name ajipears aliove is no c\'ceinion to 
this standard. Ira F. Br}-s.'in was l)orn in r>artholome\\ c.mnty, Imliana. 
April 22. 1872. the son of James X. and Margaret .\. (Hargis) llrwson. 
James H. Hargis, the grandfather of Ira I'., was born in Xo)-th ("arolina, and 
liis w^ife in Kentucky. They came to Indiana during the Civil war. and located 
in Bartholomew county, remaining there until they to Edinburg. In- 
diana, where they both died, after winning tb.e re-pcct ..f ;i wide circle .>f ac- 
quaintances. James X'. Bryson was Ixirn in Tennessee, and when the w:ii' be- 
tween the states began Ite es[)Oused the Southern cause, subsequently becoming 
a captain in the Confederate army. After the war he came to Bartholomew 
countv. where he married. He later moved to Missouri. He followed teach- 
ing, also carpentry. Returning t.) Indiana in a few years, he died in J..hnson 
countv July 1. i.'^J.t. remembered as a gallant s<.!dicr. an excellent teacher and 
wood workman, and a good man. To ^Iv. and Mrs. James X. Brvson three 
children were born, namely: Charles K., who is, at this writing', holding the 
very responsible position of acting editor of the Den\er I'.ist. He is the au- 
thor of "The Cub Rep..rter," "Tan and Tackle," for children, an.l other 
works, and he is regarded, as a new siia.per man of unusual aliility. 'I homas 
J. Brvson is traveling salesman in the South. Ira E.. the thiol s-m. was 
reared up. m the farm ami educated in the cijmm.iti sch.. ..Is. from which he 

.■In in nianv nt Uic 'hsinct -^ciio-.K -f Havih. .i. .iiu-w aiul 


graduated: also graduated from the Edinhurg high sehn,.] in 1S90. He came 

out of school well equipped for life's duties, having carefully applied him.self 

to his text-books, and lie began teaching which he followed with much success 

for a period of lifteen years, during which time his se 

maud, havin^. 

Shelby counties. He holds a state license as teacher, and ranks In.di among 

the educators of Indiana. 

Mr. Rryson has been economical and a go.H! manager, and he is the -.wner 

of a fine faini. consisting of one hundred and forty-live acres in .-ection ,^3. 

township 1 1 north, range 5 east. It is well tilled, and on the place stands an 

excellent dwelling and other substantial buildings. 

Mr. l',rvson\va5 united in marriage with Grace K. VvWm. who was born 

and reared on the farm where she now lives. She received a C'-mnion school 

education. Their wedding occurred December _'). i8yS. ■rhi> union has 
been blessed bv the birth of two daughters, Rebie 1.. born October 24. 1899, 
and Ada ^lac.'born ^larch 3, 1901. ^Irs. RryM.n is tlie daughter oi Alexan- 
der Truitl. and one of five living childreir , ■, , ■ 
Mr. Brvson is a member of the Methodist Ejiiscopal church, while his 
wife affiliate's widi the Christian denomination. The fonuer was a meml-er 
of the Red ^len, Imt has recentlv withdrawn from this lodge. In politics he 
is a Democrat, and is an active worker in the party: in fact, his support may 
be depended upon in the furthering of any cause calculate.l to advance the 
county's interests, whether political, industrial, educatir.nal. religious or moral. 
and for his many commendable traits ^Ir. Cryson make> an.l re'ams tnends 
easily, as does also his wife. 


Xo pioneer family of lackson township. Shelby county. Indiana, has been 
more proiuinent in the affairs of thi> locality or has gained a more substantial 
foothold than the Shavers, than whom it would be hard to find a family bear- 
ing a better reputation for both industry and honesty. Men bearing this name 
came here when the county was in its primitive state, wild, timbered, and un- 
known to the outside world and, by perseverance and th.e exercise ot go^ul 
judgment, they have succeeded in building up good homes and have bcome 
citizens of the highest rank. 

George Shaver was boim here March 11. 1836. He is ot German descent. 
his ancestors having come from the Fatherland many generations ago. first 
settlino- in rennsvlvania. from which state they came to Indiana. George is 
the son of Davi.l'and Hannah (Warner-) Shaver, people ot many hue traits 
of character. 


After receiving a very menqvr cdm-aiion in tlie primitive j-ilionls ni tlie 
early days, and working on his father's farm. Genroe Shaver married h'.Iiza- 
heth J. Sncpp. May lo. 1857. and started ont in hfe for himself. She was 
the dan.iLjlner of Daniel and Mary ( Kolnian ) Sncpp. IXniiel Sne[ip wa-; Ijorn 
and reared in Monl.^omery county. ( )liio. I U- came to Slielhy county .and 
died here Xo\emher 2. 1S93. havint; heen born in 1814. 'I'hc Rolman family 
were of German descent. Mary Rolmnn was Ixirn in I'ennsyhania. Elizabeth 
J. ( Snepi)) Shaver was born in Mont.qomery count)-. Ohio. Aui;ust J_^. 1846, 
and ^hc came with her parents to Sliclby county, Indiana; they located in 
Jackson town^^hiji. and slie has continued to reside here c\er since. S!ie at- 
tended such schools as they had in the early days, her principal edncation be- 
ing gained at Mount Auburn. After her marriage she lived in many places 
and tinally located on the old Snepii f;irm in sections igand^o. consi.sting of 
one huiKlred and sixty acres, which i-; worth one Innidrvd and twenty dollars 
I)er acre. This place has been kept up to a good productive stale, and has 
alwa}s }ielded excellent crops, owing to its skillful management. 

To Mr. and ^Irs. George Shaver eleven children have been liorn. se\-en 
of whom are living, namely: :Martha U.. born March 8, 1858: Mary 11., Oc- 
tober 9. iS5(^: infant. Tanuarv 17. iSf^2: Daniel M.. .\ugust 8. 1803: .Vinia 
M., Xovember 6, 1S65: J'.mma M.. February lO. i8r,8: J,,hn M.. Oc.Vber _'i. 
1869; William E., Februarv 1. 1873: Gicorge .v.. Januarv 12, 1873: Charles 
L.. August 28, 1876: Josie'E.. Xovember 9." 1879." Tho<e decea-;d are Jl-Iui 
M., George A. and Charles L. 

These children have been gi\-en what ad\-antages of eiluc.ation ;is were 
necessary to tit them for life's duties, and they are all f.iirly well situated 
in reference to this world's affairs. 

George W. Shaver was a very acii\e and robust mrni all bis life up to a 
few years ago. but for the past four _\ears he has been [Tactically an inxahd. 
In politics he has always su;>pi Tted the Democratic ])an}-. In religiMus mat- 
ters the members of this family support the Lutheran church. They ,all bear 
excellent reputations in this townsh![). 


The first of this n.ame to settle in CciUnd Indiana wa> Jes-;e Iv. King, who 
came from hi.-, native state 'if Kentucky early in tiie rn'neieenth century, and 
locaied in the couiity of },Iarir>n, bL-f^.ire Indianapolis bad kuig been estab- 
lished. His son. Jame.-. who wa.-. l>"ir, in Kentucky in 1811), came will; his 
parents to Indiaria when nine year.- old and grew to manhM,.d in .Marion 
countv. lie mairied Marv. a sifter ..f llenrv C. Smith, one of ibe be.-t 

8j4 ciiAinvicK's iiisiduv of shkldv c:o., ind. 

kiK.wn and lii-li!_\ c-uc-imwl men (.1 Moral l..\\n--!i:i). uli.-c vkclcli a.ppears on 
anoUier page of thi- vohinK-. .\iwv h\^ niarria-c janic- Kir,- h\v<\ for (.-itilu 
years on the farm now owncil 1>y Henry C. l^:n•;l•llaullt. an.l then look posses- 
sion of ei-lity acres which he had hou-hl on ?n-ar creek. To this he after- 
ward add.ed forty aere<. and (mi thi~ one hundred and twenty acres he hved 
until his deatli, whicli occurred l-\d)rnary ii. 1S71. when he was nearly lifty- 
threc vcars old. Thirty-two years later the remains of his wife were placed 
by his side in the riea---ant \'iew cenielery, her death havins^' occurred June 
19, IW03, wlien she was over eighty years of age. To James King and wife 
ten children were ])■ 'Vu. namely : Hardin, deceased at the age of twenty-eight : 
Xancv Amanda and lietsey Jane died in infancy: .Xbram St. Clair: Walter 
lives on the old homestead in Mn-:\] township; (^raftor, J. also lives in Mora! 
township: ]Mary E.. deceased wife of Marion Larrison : Margaret, deceased 
wife of Jaiues : Hannah, now Mrs. Yarver. resides in Moral town- 
ship: Alice, wife uf William I'hissell. lives in the nnvnship. 

Ahram St. Clair King, the fourth of this large I'amilw was born in Moral 
townshi]). Shelby county, Indiana. October 7. 1849. liis boyhood experience 
was liie saiue as millions of western boy.s — work on the farm, intermittent 
attenda.nce at schoob. with parent^ mnil m;nih' od. tlicn marriage and life 
work for self. December JO. 1875. he married .Xa.ricy Jane, daughter o.f 
Alexander and Julia ( I'h.mi-ter)^. Alexander, a son of John Means, 
one of the pioneers of Shelby county, was born in Rockingham county. North 
Carolina, and came to Shelby cuuty with his parents in youth. A*icr he 
grew u]) he Ijecamc a farmer and followed that callir.g to the end of his days. 
He marrieil Julia, daughter of Charles and Juliet (Tnrney) i'lieniiMer. who 
came to Shelbv countv Kentucky when their daughter was but nine } e:irs 
cild. Thev located at Pleasant \'iew, where the father ended, his days, the 
mother dving in Mis-ouri. The children of .\lexauiler and Julia Means were: 
John L.. 'of Shelby ville, and Xancy Jane, wife ..f Mr. King. The la.tter h.-is 
been successful in his undertakings an,l ha-- considerable to show a^ llie result 
of bis har;l work and good management. The King liouie farm. c(Misisting 
of one hundred and twenty-seven acres, is under excellent cultivation, witii 
comiuutlious residence, and well constructed outbinlding'^. He also ov/ns 
eighty acres of land in ar.oiher pan of the tensit-bii). a.nd is enjoying Ins luU 
share of the prosperity that b:is come to the agricultural classes. Mr. and 
:^lrs. King have had five children : Raymond and Ralph at home: Jesse mar- 
ried Grace Snvder. lives in Mora! township and lias two children. DonjtPy 
Marie and Kenneth Clitfe.rd : Alia is at hoiuc. and Ritie died in youth. Mr. 
King has been a lile-long Democrat. Ijnl cares nothing for othce. Mrs, King's 
Grandmother Means, wife of John. Mean^. wa> a :\Iiss Xancy Smidi. On 
both sides of the liou-e the families were of the best old pioneer stock. 

CHAUWirK's llISTiiKV U!" <lIF.I.r.V CO., INP. ^^5 

D.wiD MrLi.i-.xnoKi:. 

Well known in ihc puMic affairs "i Jacksun tMv\„siiip, Davi.l Mullcn- 
dorc stands out as a j^om] example nf of the succr-sful self-niad<. men 
thai I'lax'c reflected lion^r on the cmnniniiy a- well a.- the county and the 
state. Mr. Mullcndoie was born in the county July 8. 1S3S. and has lived 
here almost all hi^ life. ITis father. Jacob Mullendore. wa< a X'ir.u-inian. as 
was at<o his paternal crandfadier. b-lin. who moved with his father to Ohie.. 
where he ended his d'u s and where Jacb was married to Katherine Werlz. 
The members of the Wertz family were Pennsylvania Cernians. having enn- 
grated to Ohio, where Katherire"s parents c^Mitinued t... live until the ck -e of 
the davs. 

Jacob Mullendore and wife became the parents of eleven children, all of 
whom, with one exception, grew t. ■ niainrity, married and had families. 1 he 
exception was John, who was killed by a horse. The children were Lewis. 
Clinton, Harriet, Daniel. Jerome. Elizaljeth. David. Lillian. Sarah and George. 
David, received a rather meager common scIkioI education: he heliK-d to clear 
and adtivate the farm, attending school only a short time during the winter. 
But his contact with nature and the discipline of the problem that comronted 
tlie farming communities of that day developed within liini th.ose sturdy qual- 
ities that have endeared him t>. all with whom he has been associated. He 
continued hi.^ work on the heme farm u.ntil he was twenty-six years of. age. 
hi iSfi-, he was married to Marv Xeible. who wa- aLo Ixjrn in Shelby 
countv. on Tulv 20. 18 V). One child' resulted fr nn this un.ion, viz: Charles 
\\' liorn .\ugust 6. iSr.v Charles received a good education, having com- 
pleted the ce.mmnn and high school courses offered in the county, and later 
took u]) a business course, completing it also in good tinu\ and with credit. 
After reaching maturitv. he was ioined in marriage to Florence ^L■iy Isley. 
a granddaughter of fohn Islev. She was born June ,^0, 1S69. received a good 
education and has been held in esteem by her wide circle ot acquaintances 
on account of her alTable temperament and the judicious managemein of her 
househ:.ld affairs. She has four children: ILllwood A. was born hebru-irv i^ 
iSf^v and is now a student in the school: Ray G.. born .\pnl .25. iSu, : 
Carl. l"-'rn Tanuarv 1.?, iQOi. and George Ernest. Ijom Eebnuiry 27. ^1004. 
^^r and r^lrs. Mullendore arc the members of the Evangelical Luther:ni chu.rch 
and the family lia-- been cl-sely identified with active church work at all times. 
Mr. Mu!len<l.-.i-e has been opeciady effective in the Sunday ^cheiol work, m 
the capacity of superintendent or teacher, at variou- times. Charles ,^ the 
present superintendent of the Sunday school. Davi.l Mullendore 1. a chari-r 
member of the Edinburg Lo<lgc, Xo. 42. Knights of l\thia>. He served one 
term as Trustee of Jackson township and was re-elected, but upon hi^ elerti..n 
to a second term, he resigned. He has a farm of one hundred and sixteen 


acres of excellent lan.l. It i< well eciuippcl with tiic necessary lnnlclir,-s and 
other improvements which -r. i,. make u\> a compkle home>t.:id and the ;a-n- 
eral appearance of the place indicates the owner to he a man ot excellent 
taste and "cneral sound iud-ment. As intimated at the h.-nunn- -1 this 

sketch, Mr. Midle;;.lw,v ha> hewn lus -wn patliway uj: 


life and has achieved the deceived esteem, conlidcnce and y^-d will of Ins 
manv friends and acqnaintances. 

\V. \\'. \VlLCOX(3X. 

Among the best known and m^^i hiohly c^tcemed citi,:ens .0 llanoNcr 
township. Shelbv county. Indiana, none are more worthy r.t nuntiMn m a 
work of the province of th.e present volume than W . W . \\ ilcoxon. cx-lown- 
ship ofticial, soldier and Inmherman, wlio ha. shown by a long hie ot earne^t 
endeavor that he has innate cliaracteristics that win in the face ot all obstacles. 
He w-a^ born in ^bmtgomerv ^.larylaud. February 22. 1844. -"^nd he 
came with his parents to Shel'hv county. Indiana, in 1859. when he was htteeu 
years old the familv locating on a farm in Hanover township, where x--ung 
Wdcoxon learned to swing the axe and do many other things calculated to 
teach lessons of endurar.ce and fortitude, for the clearing and miproving of 
a farm from the svlvan wild is never accomplished by the md..lent. The 
father and mother of our sttbject spciu the remainder ot their lives on^ the 
farm here, the former being a man that succeeded at whatever he turned .n> 
attention, being, among other things, an expert butcher for those early times. 
He was active in politics, taking a great interest in the ot the Demo- 
cratic party. W. W. Wilcoxon and his brother. David, living at Mornstown. 
are the onlv survivors of a family of six children. _ ^ 

\fter attending the district sch..ols for a short tune, onr subject .^lartec. 
in life bv hrst working in a saw mill, which position well accorded with his 
tastes, and in the vear 18S9 he purchased the plant ot I-rancis W . 1 usey. he 
demand for the products of his mih being so great that lie soon enlarged it 
bv purchasing additional apparatus, adding a planing-mill. which gave Inm 
customers from all over this coumry. Understanding the needs ot Ins cus- 
tomers lie alwavs gave satisfaction and soon built up a liberal trade, vr:- 
nishing lumber for a large nttmber of buildings not only at Gwynneville. but 
at Morristown and other places throughout the surrounding county 

When he started in the saw-mill and lumber business Mr. W ilcoxon had 
but little capital, but he managed his business so skillfully that he soon accu- 
mulated a competencv aixl he is now worth many thousand dollars, which he 
credits to his strict application to business and hi= honest dealings with man- 

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kind, lie c^wn- laud in Shelby counly as well as h-ur Inindre.l and nir.ely-luo 
acies in l'"avelU' ennnty. Imliana, which he keei.> well sleeked, lie is a threat 
admirer c.f'g.u.d stMck and he hnys >heeii. calile and h-r>cs. which he feed.s 
and iisually places on the market at a handsome \n-nUi. lie lia> a .-iih-tar.iial 
and attracii\e h>ime at (i\\ vnnc\ ille. 

Mr. Wilo.XMn was twice married, seven children havin- heen l.nrn 1,. 
the first nrii.m. six nt' wlitmi are h\ini; in \')Cij. hi.- ln■^t marri:'.;;e ha\ir,,i; heen 
to Xaiicy j. Sleeih. Alter her death. "Mr. Wildx-.n 
is now hi> faithfnl help-meet, a \\ "f adm 
ders her cptrdly popular wuh her hu>l.;ind in tl 
She wa.s born near Doggst' i\\ n, liil\- _■; 

Ham and Jennie Wil.son.^ Mrs. Wilcn.x.m" was reared by j. O. Hinds an,l <he 
attended school at Shell-Aville. She wa-^ married tn Denzel I'.eck in iSSn, by 
which tminn she had nne sun. James Iknce Heck, now tweiily-nr.e years dd. 

Believing- it the duly of all k.yal citizens of the I'nitcd State.- to stand 
by the constitution during the years of trouble. ]\Ir. W'ilcoxon enlisted in the 
Union amiy. Forty-eighth Regiment. Company 1, aivl scrNcd in a m"St taith- 
ful manner during the ci\il conflict that .-hook litis country in the early sixties, 
having fought at Mill Creek and Ralcigli. Xoith Carolina, in i8')5. 

In politics Mr. Wilcox-n did not fnliuw in the foMi-teps of his father, 
but is a strict Republican, and. having k>ng been active in the local alTairs of 
his jiartv, he has been twice honored by being elected trustee of Hanover town- 
ship, in which capacity he has served with credit to himself and the satisfac- 
tion of all concerned, his term beginning in i880. and the last one lermin.'.iif.g 
in iSSS. During his term he erected s.'ine very fine school-hou>es. f.-r which 
he won the hearty thanks of the entire townsltip. When he received the office 
the treasurv of the township was practically depleted, but when he turned it 
over to his successor there was a good balance, notwithstanding the fact th;it 
new school-houses had been erected and old ones retjaired, also miles of gravel 
roads constructed. Mr. W'ilcoxon is known as a successful worker in liis 
parlv. a capable business man and one of the leading citizens of Shelby county 
m every respect. 


As a daughter of cmc of the first settlers of :^Ir.ral town-hip. Shclbv 
counlv. Indiana, }.Irs. Laura Mann, at present a resident of Xew ralesfine. 
Hancock count\-. Indiana, ranks as a nv.-mber of one of the leading families of 
earlv Indiana. She was liorn in Moral township. Shelby counly. on Decem- 
ber 12, iSr,2, and is a daugiiter of Benjamin Dakc. (See hi- sketch r.n an- 
other page of this book.) She was married September 17. i88.j. to Alfred H. 

,S2S CHAinVK K S lIl?TnUY (iF SUEl.n\ CO., I.NP. 

O'l-eland wli.. was l-nrn al I'kasam \ii'\v, Moral township, lie was a son 
of Lewis and i:ii7.a (Means) Topclancl. The elder Copcland was an early 
settler of the township and uas widely known ihronoh,,,,! that country. 

Mr,-.. Idixa Copeland was a dan-hier of an old pioneer. .Mesander .Means, 
wh ..-c xxife was Elizahelh. I'-dwardv They were natives of Koekni-hani 
county. New Yoik. and of virile Yankee st.vk. They were anions,^ the hrst set- 
tler^ of riea-anl \'iew. .Shclhv eou.ntv, Indiana. 

One elnid was horn to Alfred 11. and L.aura Copeland; VTeri Clarence 
Copeland wh.. married IV^mc Snuih. dan-hter of .\uMni I. .^niith. whose 
skc'eh appears on another pa-e of thi^ work. Th.ev h.a.l tno children ; Thelnia 
Marie and \lfred. Austin, a;M live in Moral lowndn,,. Alfred Ce,peland was a 
nienil)er .d the Methodist I-p.^Copal church. He died in iS.;o and wa. huned 
in <'!d cenietcrv. 

In 1892 Mrs. Laura Cpeland niarned Richard Mann, who was kn.own 
as a prooressive farmer and auctioneer '.f Moral township. 11 is death, oc- 
curred on Mav 12. ic;Oi, and lii^ remain-^ were l)uricd in I'leasant \ iew v,uk- 
tcry. He was a piemhcr of the V-zi<l I'nion I'.apti-^t clrarch and a ^trou.o; 
Repuhlica". in political faith. There were two children horn to Mr. and, Mrs. 
Richard }^tann : Alta F. and Glenn Crdeh. who still live with, their mother. 
:\Ir^ Mann is noted as a Christian woman, kindly and neigliborly, and wuh a 
larqe followin.q- ,,f friend> in the commvmity in which du- live=;. Her hushand 
was well knowai and could claim hosts of friends in .sliclhy cou.nty. 


-\mon- the older settlers of Moral township, Shelby county, Indiana. 
wa< Ccor. e Washlnqton Dake. who wa-^ b.rn June 17. iB33- and who passed 
to his Maker on Januarv 17. 1893. He was accounted one ol the IcaUmp 
farmers of Shelbv countv, and was a progressive ct.zen. He was a son oi 
Tohn and Catherine Dake. ( Sec Dake family sketch.) He was hon, on a 
farm and received but a limited education, owin^ to the mea-r schoo racth- 
tir^ of his time He followed the occupation ot tarmmg until nis death, lie 
married Marqaret Chamberlain, a native of Moral township, and born No- 
vember 1') i'^4J Georqe Dake and hi? wife lived m Johnson county to,- a 
nttmber of vear^, where'he was known and respectecl of all men. H,s wife 
departed this life on Fcbruarv 9. lOO^. and was buned m the Creenlawn cem- 
eterv near lack^onville. Illinois. The following children were born to them: 
Icander: Nellie married bhn Y. Mttrphy. and lives in Man.m county, n- 
diana: Ollie. born April 16. 1867. marri-d Charles Mean^. an.l hve. m In- 
dianapolis- Svlvester. born ]ulv 23. .8r.8, died Xovcmbcr 4- ^^74- R"''^''-^- 


tlio tliiril son, wlio was lioni J.inu.iry 4, 1S73, in Johnson cunntv, tliis .state, 
lives in ln.lianai)ulis. Indiana." lie is sccli. n 1.. .^> '<n ilic w.^t uul of the P-i- 
Tonr K.-iiloiad. with licaUi|nartors at l•'lal.:i^vill,•, Marion county. Leandcr 
Dakc. the chlcst >on. was horn Maixli _':). iSC);,. in Mora! township. Shclhy 
county, Ir..Iiana. He ^va< rcaicil ar,f! clncati-d in Johi'-on county, and lived 
with jiarents until he was niarrie.!, i'ehinaiy iCi. 18S7. to .\dd,ie .Milljv. 
She i> a dau.i^liler of Ceoioc W. and Loui-n ( Mc(irew) Miller, an,l was horn 
in Kniglustown, Indiana. Her father \\a.- :i natixe of I 'enn.sylvania. coniin-- 
from near Pittsbury, and her mother from near Morri-town, Indian.a. She 
died when her daughter was hut nine years of ape. lie was a inill\\ri.L;;il. 
and followed that occupation f(ir many years. Me and his wife are both buried 
in the old cemetery at Shelbyville, Indiana. 

I.eander Dake and wife are the jiarents of the followiiiti' children; Je^sc• 
E., bn-n September 11, iSSS; .Mary .\., b.irn I'ebriiary i, 1801; Xelhe !■:., 
born June 13, 1807: William l.oren. born .\pril jj. ujoo. Mr^. D;ike is a 
member of the I'a?i I'nion P.aptist church, and a woman with many known 
qualities. Me is a widely know.i fainier, a Mcmocrat in politic^ and accnunlcl 
an honest and upriqht citizen with many warm friends. 


b'rancis and Elizal)eth ( Manuel i .\;iios were nati\-es of Jvockingham 
ci'-'unty. North Carolina, where the former was born in i8o_'. After they 
were married they ficcided tliat better prospect- awaited them in the growing 
commonwealths >•{ the Xorthwc^t, and sl' they bundled up their belongings 
and started out on the tedious trip over the mountains to the Ohio river. It 
was in 1829 that they reached Jctterson county. Indiana, and they spjni a 
year in that section of the state. The next move was to Shelby county, w liere 
the head of the b.'tise leaseil laiid and worked it for two years. He then en- 
tered one hundred a!:d twenty acres and liegan in earne^t the hard, ta^^k of re- 
deeming the place from the wilderness. In time he added other land to his 
ori.ginal purchase until his holdings amounted to a handsome acreage which, 
up.der his close attention, was gradually changed into a respectable farm. He 
spent the l.irdaiice of his life in clearing and, cultivating fa.rm. hnally endiu'.;' 
his davs in 1872, after tlie completion of his sixty-ninth year. Mis wife had d.Ied 
in, i860, and Ijotli are Iniried in the family cemetery on the old homestead. 
Thev were active members of the Metliudist Protestant church and fine types 
of the county's first settlers. They became the parents of eleven children, 
nanielv: Francis, deceased in youth: Xanc}', widow of John Weber, of Moral 
township: janics W. ; William, decea.--ed hu>band oi Lucin.da Ilulchin-on: 


l.ucv, .lccea:=c,i uilo ci lohn 1. Tuckcv : MatiMa .lioi in inlanrv : Sarali. 
wi.knv of Sanuid AiLucklc. ami rc.-i.kau ..i In.lianai-Mli. ; Jane. witV ni W ash- 
inglon llohiie-, of Slulhyvillc : Madama, deceased wife .>f John ll.".p: Me- 
lissa, wife of Madisnn Mllis. of Doone county, antl John. 

janKs W". Aui...-. iliio! of this large family. wa> horn in Moral town- 
ship." Shelbv county. Indiana. Dcceniher 4. i-^^^^'- ^'^ grew up to t'.ie hard 
work of .1 pioneer hoy. helping to roll the logs, grub the un<lerl>ru-h and clear 
awav the rubbish, previous to the plowing and lioeing that was Xn give ibem a 
crr.p'. Between times he picked up a little book learning at the old-fashioned 
subscription school held in the rude log house of those days. He remained 
witli his father until lie was tweiUv-seven years of age. by which time he felt 
the impulse to establi-h a home for him>elf. In the early sixtie- he rentc-l a 
tract of land and workerl it for eleven years, hut in 1874 bought sixty-two 
acres on which he spent much time and work in clearing, but eventually had 
the plea^ure of seeing himself surrounded by a productive farm with all needed 
improvements. Afterwards he bought ih.irty-hve acre> more which makes 
his home place amount to ninety-seven acres. Since coming into iiossession 
Mr \mos has greatlv iniDroved the place by putting up a new l)arn. new 
outbuildings, new residence and other additions, to say notliing of the tencmg. 
clearing and other steps necessary to make a modern farm. S.ime ol the old 
rails in the fences around his place were split by Mr. Amos him>elt _m the 
early sixties. In 186-, he married Mary E.. daughter of W lUmm and Lat^icr- 
ine nioop) ^lartin. and born in Wrmilion county. Indiana. March r^O- iS-14- 
William was a North Carolinian bv birth and. when a boy. was brought to 
Shplbv countv bv his parents. George and Eli/abeth (Kiddle) Mann, who 
were among dre first settlers of Moral township, but later remm^d to IIIhkms. 
where thev died. After growing to manho,,,! in Shelby county. W illiam -slar- 
tin wen' to \-ermilion countv. to which place his future bride also came a 
vcar after his arrival. She was born in Pennsylvania, a daughter ot Peter 
Hoop, but after the death of parents in Ohio, she came to Shell.y coimty 
with a brother who later went to \-ermilion county. The chilaren ol W ilbrun 
and Catherine (Hoop) :vlariin, who were married in 1840. were Jane, who 
diedvoung;MaryE. (Mrs. Amos), and John, deceased. 

Mrs \mos is a genuine tvpc of the pioneer woman, an.l can talk in- 
tere'=tin-lv of the old davs when she learned to card, spin and weave homespun 
clothes ^or the family. ' Mr. and Mrs. Anr^s have had two childi-ui : Ljicy. 
deceased, wife of Elias Bishop, left two children. Harry C. ;m.l Crace ...a> 
Delia, second daughter of Mr. Amo.. is the wife of Boijamm Lee. --^^^^^^^ 
inFairland. They have seven children : Salter. Edna. Harry. Cha^u 
Geoi-e Andv and Marv .twins,. Walter, the o.lde.t. married Cordu.c 
Youno-, resides in Moral'town.hip. and ba^ one child. Arthur. 


joiix wii.i.iAM SMrni. 

AiiKni-- Uie numeious chihlven .-t Ikniy C. Smil'n, one of Uic iii^nccr 
settleis nf '^Ji'i-al uv.vp.sliip. perhaps ii'uie were better known nr in. .re hi-hly 
cs:eenie>! than the l.-.te J"hn \Vin-;-ini Snvth. The hanle-l ..f the jir-neer w.nk 
in Shelhv cuuntv had heen done heinrc lii> tinie. l)ut h.e came (nilo the <tase 
earK- cn.'.ui;h tc'take jrirt in the nmnd-up which was lo make this one of the 
finest agricldiural regions in the 5i;ac. 'lie belonged lo what may b.- called 
the second generation and did his full share in developing the resources, nii- 
proving the land, building roads and ditching, which were the advance agents 
of thcVreat prosperitv that has since vi-itcd Shelby county. No family con- 
recii..n.' did more for Shclbv township than the Smith.s. whose ancestors came 
from North Carolina, when all this part of Indiana was a wilderness, covered 
bv an unbroken forest of oak. maple, beech, elm and other hard-wo.xl tnnber. 
which caused the first settlers to ponder in amazement on the problem ot liow 
to remove them. _ _ . ^ , , , • 

lohr, William Smith was b.nn on his fathers tarm m Moral townslr.p. 
Shelbv county. Indiana. November 16. 1S50. As he grew u^ he received, a 
fair education 'in the di.strict schools, and was put through the hard disaphne 
of farm work, during the long summer intervals. He was marned hebru.ary 
14 18-] tr. Sarah K Ashworth. member of an old pioneer lamily. and lust 
the kind of a woman to make a good wife for a farmer. She was b<:.rn in 
Moral township, March 18. 1855. and was a daughter of W ood and 
Alartha (Arnold) Ashworth. The latter was a native ot North Caro.ina. 
and a dauohter of Larkin ar.d I^aut ( Sealey ) Arnold, wno r.nde tl,e tnp 
overland and sailed in Moral townshi,. when cabins were few and tar betveen. 
Tohn W-ood Ashworth came to Moral town.hip some years later av.c. ootignt 
he farm on which his daughter now lues, and on this place he ended h,s days 
in .862. when thirty-seven years old. His wite died m June. fjoS. at the 
aee of e:ghtv-two years^ . . u;,nu. 

" VfteV his marriage ^Ir. Smith reiUed a larm in ^ectlon 21. on what, he